Alleged Russian Satellite Weapon Test Has Put US Space Force On 'High Alert

added 02.08.2020 17:55

FT is out with this alarming and intriguing headline: "Russia satellite weapon test reignites space arms race fears," and meanwhile FOX writes that the latest 'mysterious' Russian test of an anti-satellite weapon in orbit has put the newly established US Space Force on "high alert".

It was the US Space Command that first made the public charge last week of a new experimental Russian weapon in orbit: "On July 15, Russia injected a new object into orbit from Cosmos 2543," the U.S. Space Force said in a statement.

However, chief of US Space Command, Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, asserted this week there is "further evidence of Russia's continuing efforts to develop and test space-based systems, and consistent with the Kremlin's published military doctrine to employ weapons that hold the U.S. and allied space assets at risk."

Here's a review of what's known about the alleged July 15 test, according to Axios: "Russia's Cosmos 2543 satellite appeared to release a projectile near another Russian satellite on July 15": This comes at a moment China is also said to be pursuing such offensive capabilities in space, and amid broader fears over turning space into a "war-fighting domain".

Current talks between US and Russia diplomats over the fate of New START in Vienna are said to also be focused on preventing the weaponization of space.

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