China successfully tests its hypersonic Starry Sky-2 aircraft that will fire nuclear missiles capable of travelling at 4,563 miles-per-hour to evade existing anti-missile defence systems

The hypersonic weapon rides on the shockwaves it generates, reports suggest

It can travel at six times the speed of sound – around 7,344km/h (4,563mph)

The flight test was deemed a ‘huge success’ by scientists involved in the project

Experts say it could signal China is now neck-and-neck with Russia and the US