Russia, China developing ‘destructive’ space weapons: US intelligence

A Soyuz 2.1a rocket booster launches by Russia's Vostochny Cosmodrome. The Soyuz 2.1.a was set to deliver Russian Kanopus-V No3 as well as also No4 remote sensing satellites as well as also 9 smaller satellites to orbit.

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A Soyuz 2.1a rocket booster launches by Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome. The Soyuz 2.1.a was set to deliver Russian Kanopus-V No3 as well as also No4 remote sensing satellites as well as also 9 smaller satellites to orbit.

Anti-satellite weapons, which include ballistic missiles, are designed to damage space-based systems. They are a major element of what can be known as counterspace technology, or hardware as well as also software of which aim to hinder adversaries in outer space.

“We assess of which, if a future conflict were to occur involving Russia or China, either country might justify attacks against U.S. as well as also allied satellites as necessary to offset any perceived U.S. military advantage derived by military, civil, or commercial space systems,” the report said.

“Of particular concern, Russia as well as also China continue to launch ‘experimental’ satellites of which conduct sophisticated on-orbit activities, at least some of which are intended to advance counterspace capabilities,” the idea continued.

Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as also Chinese President Xi Jinping both have a shaky relationship with the globe’s largest economy.

President Donald Trump’s administration has criticized Moscow for dangerous military activities, nevertheless the White House has yet to impose long-awaited sanctions on Putin’s government. Several of Trump’s former aides are under investigation for alleged collaboration with the Kremlin, as well as also a special counsel can be investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during his presidential run.

Beijing’s trade as well as also currency practices, meanwhile, remain one of Trump’s major complaints.

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