The United States Space Command (USSC) announced Thursday that there is evidence that Russia has tested space-based anti-satellite weapons.
According to the US military department, on July 15, Russia “put a new object into orbit“From the Kosmos-2543 satellite and conducted a non-destructive test of space anti-satellite weapons. The object was added to the catalog on space-track.org under the number 45915.
Russia launched the facility in close proximity to another Russian satellite, which is similar to the in-orbit operations carried out by Russia in 2017 and does not match the system’s stated mission as an inspector satellite, the US military said.
“The Russian satellite system used to conduct this weapon test in orbit is the same satellite system that we raised concerns about earlier this year when Russia was maneuvering near a US government satellite.“Said General John Raymond, commander of the US Space Force.
Note that on July 15, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced the successful tests of a new satellite-inspector, which checked the domestic satellite “using specialized equipment of a small spacecraft“.
Britain joined the US accusations. If the United States had previously expressed concern about the new activity of Russian satellites, then Great Britain for the first time accused Russia of testing satellite weapons in space. The head of the UK Space Administration, Air Vice Marshal Harvey Smyth, said he was also concerned about the latest testing of Russian satellites, which he said was in the nature of a weapon test.
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