Experts say China’s hypersonic test wasn’t a ‘Sputnik’ moment but is still concerning

The news of China’s recent hypersonic test garnered even more attention when Gen. Mark Milley , the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, used the phrase “Sputnik moment ” in connection to it.

Even though missiles that travel at hypersonic speed have been around for roughly half a century, Milley said it was “very close to” a “Sputnik moment” — not that it was one, just that it got people’s attention.

Over the summer, China tested “a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile” that “circled the globe before speeding towards its target, demonstrating advanced space capabilities that caught U.S. intelligence by
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