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The People’s Republic of China flight tested a hypersonic missile still in development that has a “high probability” of penetrating U.S. air defenses, according to leaked documents from the Department of Defense (DOD).
The PRC conducted a test flight for a Dongfeng-27 missile, designed to carry hypersonic glide vehicles, on Feb. 25, according to the DOD document reviewed by the Daily Caller. The DF-27, a successor to the DF-17 still being developed, is aimed at enhancing China’s ability to strike targets beyond the Second Island Chain in the Pacific, and has a “high probability” of penetrating U.S. ballistic missile defenses (BMD).
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