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China stocks ‘flying death sentence’ hypersonic nuclear weapons capable of evading US shields in ‘large quantities’

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CHINA is stockpiling a hypersonic nuclear bomb dubbed “the flying death sentence” that is capable of evading all existing missile shields deployed by the United States and its allies.

The land-based hypersonic ballistic nuclear missile, known as the Dong Feng 17 or DF-17, can surge at speeds of up to 7,680 mph and experts say it is capable of “hitting every corner of the Earth.”

China is ordering DF-17 missiles in 'large quantities'

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China is ordering DF-17 missiles in ‘large quantities’Credit: Getty

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Wu Qian of the Chinese Defense Ministry confirmed that the country has ordered DF-17 and DF-26 missiles in “large quantities.”

Beijing unveiled the DF-17 hypersonic nuclear bomb in 2019, offering a glimpse of the “blindingly fast and unstoppable” missile in a four-minute clip in July.

The weapon contains a hypersonic glide vehicle and can be equipped with a nuclear warhead and is said to be capable of speeds of up to 7,680 mph, or ten times the speed of sound.

Foreign analysts say it is designed to move at high speed to evade missile defenses.

The DF-17 hypersonic missile can theoretically maneuver sharply at many times the speed of sound, making it extremely difficult to counter.

It comes as tensions rise between the United States and China over Beijing’s growing occupation of the disputed South China Sea.

An expert has warned China is building simulated US aircraft carrier targets “to provoke Americans” as troops train for real-life military operations.

The country has developed missile targets shaped like American warships in its latest warning to rivals.

Sam Armstrong of the Henry Jackson Society told The Sun that the latest war games are aimed at provoking the West.

He said: “These are working models that are ready to be deployed as a training exercise for a real-life operation against Western forces.

“You don’t build a training model of an aircraft carrier unless you are planning to run a bombardment on an aircraft carrier.”

Beijing appears to have built missile targets that represent a large-scale scheme of at least two Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers and a US aircraft carrier, images show.

Experts believe the targets could be mounted on rails to mimic a moving boat.

Collin Koh, a researcher at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, said: “I don’t think the desert goals are going to be the final stage. It is destined for further refinement.”

Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, appeared to deny any knowledge of the models when asked.

He said in a briefing earlier this month: “I am not aware of the situation you mentioned.”

HYPER THREAT

The snapshots raised concerns that Beijing is mocking Washington as tensions over Taiwan “escalate.”

President Xi warned last week that the Asia-Pacific region should not return to the tensions observed during the Cold War.

He said: “The region cannot and must not fall back into the confrontation and division of the Cold War era.”

Meanwhile, it is reported China’s recent hypersonic nuclear weapon around the world fired a second missile while traveling five times faster than the speed of sound.

No country had previously been able to demonstrate this feat of advanced engineering, and the test is said to have caught Pentagon scientists by surprise.

Last month, China shocked the world when it learned that it launched a hypersonic missile around the world.

Now it has been revealed that the weapon is much more advanced than originally thought.

The hypersonic glide vehicle, a maneuverable spacecraft that can carry a nuclear warhead, fired a separate missile during its flight into the atmosphere over the South China Sea on July 27, according to a Financial times report.

Experts at the Pentagon’s advanced research agency, Darpa, are said to be unsure how porcelain He accomplished the feat, as scientists say it “tests the limitations of physics.”

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