China has successfully tested an ultra-high-speed maneuvering glider that is purportedly capable of carrying nuclear weapons at a speed of up to 7,000 miles per hour, US officials said Wednesday.
Originally appeared at Sputniknews
Pentagon officials familiar with reports of China’s military test told the The Washington Free Beacon website that the launch – the seventh since 2014 – took place over China last Friday.
The DF-ZF glide vehicle was detected by satellites after it was launched atop a ballistic missile from a military center in central China, officials told the US news website.
The vehicle allegedly travelled along the edge of the atmosphere before hitting a target in western China.
According to intelligence officials, the glider can be used to deliver nuclear or conventional weapons around the world within an hour.