Chinese state media has revealed the country’s first ever images of a model of its hypersonic glide vehicle, a nuclear weapons expert has claimed.
The secretive missile delivery craft, known as the DF-ZF, could travel at up to ten times the speed of sound (7,680 mph/12,360 kph) according to some estimates.
Its speed will ensure the country’s nuclear threat can reliably breach the United States’ ballistic missile defence shield, which fires incoming strikes out of the air.
The model was briefly shown during a State-run TV special covering the country’s JF-12 hypersonic wind tunnel.
The innovative setup is the largest of its kind in the world and is capable of testing missiles and aircraft up to 6,900mph (11,100kph).
The news follows a US Navy announcement yesterday that it had successfully test fired a hypersonic missile that could hit ‘anywhere in the world’ within an hour.