Chinese Hypersonic

China in August launched  a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile with a Long March rocket, the glide vehicle flew through low-orbit space circled the globe, before speeding towards its target, the missile missed its target by about two-dozen miles.   


The US, Russia and China are all developing hypersonic weapons, including glide vehicles that are launched into space on a rocket but orbit the earth under their own momentum. They fly at five times the speed of sound, slower than a ballistic missile. But they do not follow the fixed parabolic trajectory of a ballistic missile and are manoeuvrable, making them harder to track.