On August 6, China announced that it had successfully tested a new hypersonic aircraft which could carry nuclear warheads and penetrate any current missile defenses.
The Xingkong-2 or Starry Sky-2, completed its first test flight on August 3 at an undisclosed location in northwestern China. During the test flight the Starry Sky-2 conducted extreme turning manoeuvres, maintained velocities above Mach 5.5 for more than 400 seconds and achieved a top speed of Mach 6, or 7,344km/h, according to a statement by the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics.
The statement also said that the aircraft landed in a designated target zone and described the test flight as a “huge success”.
More about hypersonic weapons in SF’s analysis “Restoring Strategic Balance: Russia’s ‘Invincible’ Nuclear Weapons“: