Putin tests anti-satellite weapon in space: US and Britain say Russia has ‘threatened peace in space’ and created ‘serious risk’
- The United States has described the event as an anti-satellite weapon test
- UK accused Russia of launching a projectile “with features of a weapon”
- It is the first time that the Ministry of Defense has declared such Russian activities
Vladimir Putin has tested an anti-satellite weapon in space that the UK and US authorities have condemned as a “serious risk” and “a threat to peace.”
The US space command said today that Russia “had ejected a new object in orbit” from the Cosmos 2543 satellite. It is the same satellite that loomed near an American satellite earlier this year.
Russia’s latest raid on the cosmos promptly reprimanded the US authorities, who said the test “endangers US and Allied space assets.”
The UK also criticized Russia for the projectile “could threaten the peaceful use of space” and called on them to avoid similar tests.
General Jay Raymond, chief of space operations for the US Space Force, said: “The Russian satellite system used to conduct this on-track weapon test is the same satellite system that we raised concerns earlier this year when Russia maneuvered near a satellite of the United States government.
Russian President Vladimir Putin today participates in a video call at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow
“This is further evidence of Russia’s continued efforts to develop and test space-based systems, and in accordance with the Kremlin’s published military doctrine of using weapons that endanger US and Allied space assets.”
The UK said the launch of the projectile “with the characteristics of a weapon” and warned that it “could threaten peaceful use of space.”
It is the first time that the Ministry of Defense has declared such Russian activities.
The head of the British space agency, Air Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth, said: “We are concerned with how Russia tested one of its satellites by launching a projectile with the characteristics of a weapon.
Such actions threaten the peaceful use of space and risk debris that could threaten satellites and the space systems the world depends on.
“We call on Russia not to do such tests again.
“We also urge Russia to continue to work constructively with the UK and other partners to encourage responsible behavior in space.”
Today’s U.S. space command press release added, “Last week’s test is another example that threats to U.S. and Allied space systems are real, serious, and increasingly prevalent.
Russia’s development and testing of orbital weapons emphasizes the importance of establishing the US Space Force as a new arm of the Armed Forces and the US Space Command as the nation’s unified combatant command for space.
“It is a shared interest and responsibility of all spacefaring countries to create the conditions for a safe, stable and operationally sustainable space environment.”