Britain and US accuse Russia of firing anti-satellite space weapon

Britain and US accuse Russia of firing anti-satellite space weapon

The UK and the US have accused Russia of launching a weapon-like projectile from one of its satellites – Cosmos 2543.

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Gen Jay Raymond, head of the US space command, said there was evidence “that Russia conducted a non-destructive test of a space-based anti-satellite weapon”. The head of the British space directorate, air vice-marshal Harvey Smyth, said the manoeuvres “threaten the peaceful use of space”.

What are we supposed to make of it? How big a deal is it? One defence source said: “They’ve crossed a line when it comes to the scale of this.”

Defence secretary Ben Wallace said Britain remained “deeply vulnerable” in space. He added: “The threat against space is regretfully real, our adversaries are weaponising space and we are deeply vulnerable in the West from those types of actions because we rely so much on space assets.”

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