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“This is a new Sputnik moment” – Corriere.it

From Guido Santewecci

In an interview with US General Mark Millie, he compared the new super-missile tested by the Chinese to the critical moment of the Cold War, when the Soviet Union’s first satellite, Sputnik, was launched into orbit.

He revived the advice of Soviet Sputnik This took Americans by surprise and shock General Mark Millie To better capture the attention of the Washington public opinion. Chinese test with a Hypersonic missile “It’s very worrying,” said the head of U.S. military command, who told Bloomberg Television yesterday: “I do not know if this is the case.”Moment Sputnik”, But I think it got too close.

To understand the meaning of the warning, young people should resort to Google searches. The elderly will be better remembered with the fear of bombs during the Cold War instead of 1957, The Soviet Union was the world’s first power to put a satellite into orbit. Low Sputnik, Dealt a severe blow to the American assumption that light technology is years ahead of the enemy in space technology. In the face of national shock, American children would hide under school desks during the Soviet invasion, President Kennedy vows to win space race e Bring an American astronaut to the moon Before the Russians.

Beijing has denied the introduction of a hypersonic device and said last summer that its scientists would only dedicate themselves to testing civilian spacecraft. Also, according to US intelligence, The Chinese hypersonic experiment was not a great success: Missile target missed at a distance of 30 km. Military experts also say Hypersonic missile The strategic situation cannot be changed: the Americans, the Chinese and the Russians still have many ballistic and cruise missiles, which no ballistic defense system can stop, on either side of the ceasefire.

Characterization of Hypersonic missile Flying at a lower altitude than a ballistic missile and reaching the enemy target faster, it does not have such astonishing speed (about 6,200 kilometers per hour) as its ability to change course. Basically, by attacking with a hypersonic missile, the Chinese can pierce US defense, but they can (and more effectively) Launches continuous ballistic missiles simultaneously. So, experimentation will not be a game as they say in technical language. Although Beijing’s arsenal currently has 350 nuclear weapons, a third of which are fitted with long-range missiles, compared to 3,750 US warships, of which 1,373 are not believed in Washington, they point to a growing Chinese threat. Long distances ..

In recent months, there have been leaks about American newspapers Hundreds of underground pits scattered by the Chinese in the Kobe Desert, Now a hypersonic missile capable of flying five times faster than the speed of sound. Confused technical expressions are used for the uninitiated: the Chinese have the opportunity to attack from space using a weapon system called the “Fractional Orbital Bombardment System”, which practically goes into orbit and then re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere to attack the target. U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said. The U.S. military (as well as the military around the world, including the Chinese) aims to indicate the strength of the enemy in order to obtain more funds and not to lose an arms race. Very expensive game. Yesterday, Gregory Hayes said that the United States was many years behind China in terms of hypersonic weapons, which represents a very precarious threat to US territory. Who is Gregory Hayes? He is the CEO of Radeon Technologies, a large U.S. defense agency, and is developing a hypersonic ship missile for Washington’s Armed Forces.

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