Donald Trump Claims China’s Hypersonic Missile Program Uses STOLEN US Technology: ‘They may be getting it from Russia, maybe from a bad spy in the United States’
- Trump claimed China stole their hypersonic missile technology from the United States during an interview with Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday
- I doubt they did it themselves,” Trump said. “They may be talking about Russia, maybe a bad spy in the United States”
- He claimed that Russia obtained the technology from American scientists during the Obama administration
- China allegedly conducted two tests of a hypersonic orbital nuclear bomb – the first on July 27 and the second on August 13 this year
- Test suggests China’s hypersonic weapons are more advanced than US and Russia
- In response, the US has announced that it will quadruple its nuclear warheads to as many as 1,000 weapons over the next decade.
Donald Trump has claimed that China’s hypersonic missile, whose launch stunned the White House, was made with technology stolen from the US via Russia.
The former president said on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on Wednesday: “You know, someone gave them everything we had on hypersonic during the Obama administration.”
“And Russia did it, and what I did is a catch-up program. And we are largely overtaken. But what happened is that Russia got it and maybe China got it from Russia.”
“I doubt they did it themselves,” he said. “They may have gotten it from Russia, maybe from a bad spy in the United States.”
Trump claimed China stole their hypersonic missile technology from the United States during an interview with Hugh Hewitt (right) on Wednesday
In July, China conducted a hypersonic weapons test with a missile fired at five times the speed of sound (photo by President Xi Jinping)
The president gave no further details on his claims, and officials have yet to comment on claims it was stolen while Barack Obama was in office.
In September 2020, months before its July 2021 launch by China, the White House had admitted that the US was trying to overtake China and Russia with hypersonic technology.
In July, China conducted a hypersonic weapons test with a missile fired at five times the speed of sound.
The hypersonic glider — a spacecraft with the capability to carry a warhead — fired a missile mid-flight over the South China Sea, surprising Pentagon scientists.
Experts at Darpa — the Pentagon’s advanced research firm — were stunned at how China was able to defy the limitations of physics by firing a weapon from the vehicle traveling at hypersonic speed, the Financial Times reports.
China has reportedly been working on hypersonic weapons instead of the usual intercontinental ballistic missiles, which travel in a predictable arc and can be tracked by radars, according to CBS.
China allegedly conducted two tests of a hypersonic orbital nuclear bomb – the first on July 27 and the second on August 13 this year
Hypersonic weapons are much harder for radars to pick up because they get much closer to the Earth’s surface.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff, General John Hyten, called them “weapons of first use” and believe China could one day use the technology to launch a surprise nuclear attack on the US.
“They look like a first-time weapon,” Hyten told CBS News. “This is what those weapons look like to me.”
China later launched a second test on August 13 and it involved a similar “hysonic glide vehicle” to one launched into space in July aboard a Long March rocket.
Beijing acknowledged one of the tests, but claimed the country has launched a “peaceful” civilian spacecraft. Analysts believe the craft could actually be tipped with a warhead that would be able to evade existing missile defenses.
In November, a spokesman for the National Security Council expressed concern about the test.
“This development is of concern to us as it should be to anyone seeking peace and stability in the region and beyond.
“This also builds on our concern about the many military capabilities that the People’s Republic of China continues to pursue.”
Scientists have determined that the orbital bombing system gives China more ways to hit American targets.
The disclosure of the hypersonic test has emerged as China built on its nuclear forces, in a way that suggests it could turn its back on the “minimal deterrent stance” it previously adopted.
Both Russia and the US have researched hypersonic weapons in recent years, but experts say China’s countermeasures are proof that Beijing’s technology is more advanced than the Kremlin or the Pentagon.
In response, the US has announced that it will quadruple its nuclear warheads to as many as 1,000 weapons over the next decade.