Earlier this month, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of a French space force that would be responsible for the defense of its satellites. It seems that they are taking it seriously: the French defense minister announced a program that would develop nanosatellites equipped with guns and lasers, according to Le Point (through Task & purpose).
Minister Florence Parly announced that the country would reassign 700 million euros from the military budget for space defense, with more than 4.3 billion euros to be spent in 2025. That money would be used to improve the French network of military communication satellites in Syracuse, which are operated by the French navy. The military wants the next generation of satellites to come with cameras & # 39; s to identify opponents, with a follow-on generation equipped with submachine guns and lasers to attack and eliminate other satellites.
The Department of Defense also says it wants to be able to swarm nanosatellites into orbit to launch strategic objects, and has the ability to quickly launch satellites to replace lost satellites. Le Point says the army wants these systems by 2030.
According to Task & purpose, Parly says the goal is not to go on the offensive to eliminate enemy satellites. “Active defense is not an offensive strategy; it is self-defense, "and notes that if the country can identify a country that is doing a hostile act, it will be able to respond. He also notes that the plan would not expire Outer Space Treaty, those things like nuclear weapons or & # 39; other weapons of mass destruction & # 39; explicitly prohibits.