Pentagon Fears Rapid Advancement of Chinese & Russian Anti-Satellite Weapons

Pentagon Fears Rapid Advancement of Chinese & Russian Anti-Satellite Weapons

Editor: Johnathan Meyers | Tactical Investor

Pentagon Fears Rapid Advancement of Chinese Weaponry

The intelligence directorate of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, designated J-2, told the Washington Free Beacon that these missiles are currently in development and will be combat-capable as early as 2020.

“Both will continue to pursue a full range of ASAT weapons as a means to reduce US military effectiveness,” Coats told Congress. Russia was seeking a “diverse suite of capabilities to affect satellites in all orbital regimes,” such as an honest-to-god laser gun.

The Free Beacon estimated that Moscow spends $5 billion annually on ASAT weapons such as the Nudol ASAT ground-launched missile that was most recently tested in December 2016. Their S-300, S-400, and S-500 surface-to-air missiles also have the capability to strike LEO targets.

China’s program is secretive but thought to be formidable. In 2010, 2013, and 2014, Beijing conducted mid-course missile defence tests that the Pentagon characterized as a system that could also be easily modified to shoot down satellites.

Currently, no arms treaties exist regarding ASAT weapons. Such a treaty could undermine missile defence, as many missile defence systems also have latent ASAT capabilities. The RAND think tank also reported that the US has its own arsenal of ASAT weapons that they’d be unwilling to surrender, as they currently hold the edge in space warfare. Full Story

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