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China Has Lead Over Russia In Hypersonic Weapons, DIA Says

  • China has made dramatic advancements since 2000s, DIA says
  • China seen making “intense, focused investment, development”

China is ahead of Russia in development of hypersonic weapons and may have already deployed a weapon capable of hitting US bases in the Pacific, the Defense Intelligence Agency said.

China is also pursuing an intercontinental ballistic missile tipped with a hypersonic glide warhead that’s been tested since 2014, Paul Freisthler, the chief scientist for DIA’s analysis division, told a House Armed Services subcommittee Friday. In July 2021, the weapon showed it could circumnavigate the globe, he said.