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Hypersonic missiles from the US and China scare away… Mention of ‘Sputnik Moment’

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As the hypersonic missile race between the US and China has intensified, it is reported that Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed unusually great concern about China’s recent hypersonic missile test.

He even recalled the memory of giving up the world’s first artificial satellite launch to the former Soviet Union.

It is interpreted as evidence that the US perceives it as a military threat.

Correspondent Kim Young-man.

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Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who oversees the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, expressed great concern over China’s hypersonic missile tests.

Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed concern that China’s recent testing of a supersonic weapon system was “a very significant event,” Bloomberg reported.

In particular, Chairman Milley even used the expression ‘Sputnik moment’, revealing a sense of crisis about the current status of the US military power.

The term ‘Sputnik Moment’ comes from the fact that in October 1957, the former Soviet Union launched the world’s first artificial satellite Sputnik 1, which shocked the West, including the United States.

The United States, which had been complacent with technological superiority, entered the space race in earnest from this point on.

The White House also expressed deep concern.

“I think his (JCS Chairman) comments expressed concerns about China’s military modernization. China continues to pursue its ability to escalate regional tensions, which the United States is concerned about.”

Earlier, the Financial Times reported that China had test-fired two hypersonic missiles in July and August.

A hypersonic missile is a missile that travels at more than five times the speed of sound, and is known to be capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

However, the Chinese government denied that it had verified the spacecraft reusable technology.

A hypersonic missile called a next-generation game changer that can neutralize missile defenses.

The competition for technology development is expected to intensify in order to gain a military advantage between the United States, China, and Russia.

This is Yonhap News, Kim Young-man. ([email protected])

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