U.S. intelligence satellites could be targeted by giant high-powered LASERS fired from the sea, officials said.
Leading military personnel believe new technologies, developed by foreign adversaries, could potentially blind sensors and wipe out the country’s espionage capabilities.
Speaking at the 36th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall suggested that space could become the new international battleground in the years to come.
This is because satellites provide communications, navigation, and intelligence to any nation’s war machine, so knocking them out would seriously disrupt – and even render useless – much of its equipment.
Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall said in a keynote address at the symposium.
“It is impossible to overstate the importance of space systems for national security,” he added.
At the event, Lt. Gen. John Shaw, deputy commander of US Space Command, said the new information sparked a timely debate in Space Command, suggesting that there is now a “space warfare doctrine”.
He added that if an attack were to occur, then “appropriate measures can be taken.”
Space News says this is just one of many scenarios recorded by military leaders that could lead to an escalation of the conflict.
It comes as rival nations, such as Russia and China, accelerate the development of anti-satellite weapons.
Speaking to the Telegraph in UK July, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston said Moscow and Beijing engaged in “dangerous activities” on a daily basis – such as stealing satellites “nearby. “of others – on a daily basis.
Sir Mike said the “reckless” behavior of the two nations had been observed “several times a year”.
He said Russia has deployed satellites which “we would describe as having the characteristic of a weapon and they practiced a maneuver, which we would say, could only have been done to deliberately destroy another satellite.”
And China has continued to “develop anti-satellite technology, and that’s it, from missiles that directly target satellites to laser glare weapons, electronic jamming and physical ramming of other satellites.”
China has tested the dangerous stunts against “its own redundant satellites” and has proven to be effective, Sir Mike told the Telegraph.
Sir Mike warned: “A future conflict may not start in space, but I have no doubt that it will come to space very quickly, and it could well be won or lost in space.
“If we don’t think about it and prepare for it today, then we won’t be ready when the time comes.”
THE GIANT LASER WEAPONS OF CHINA
China has been working on laser weapons since the 1960s, says to a 2017 report.
The International Center for Assessment and Strategy has suggested that China may even have a space laser within a decade.
Experts have warned of China’s giant laser weapons that could cripple US satellites and blind the US fleet in the event of war.
Several Pentagon and intelligence reports have warned of the potential of these weapons, and sources say they are already there.
In 2019, Amazon Prime’s “China vs. USA: Empires at War” series reported that an existing weapon system could destroy the navigation and communications systems of US warships, leaving them virtually useless.
The series revealed, “The Chinese military has developed a system to blind Americans. This is not science fiction, but technology already in use.
A Pentagon report, cited by Global News, seemed to cement fears.
The outlet said the US Department of Defense warned that the development of anti-satellite laser weapons by China and Russia was a major driver of Trump’s new space force.
The report said, “China and Russia, our strategic competitors, explicitly seek space combat capabilities to neutralize US space capabilities in times of conflict. “
A future conflict may not start in space, but I have no doubt that it will come to space very quickly, and it could well be won or lost in space.
Sir Mike Wigston
The report said the two countries were developing energy weapons technologies to disable satellites, citing the global threat assessment statement from National Intelligence Director Dan Coats in May 2017.
Wan Xiangsui, a military strategist with the People’s Liberation Army, told the Express, “The United States relies on satellites to control its entire communications network and that is a weakness.
“This addiction reminds me of the Greek legend Achilles who was invulnerable except his heel. And the satellites will be America’s Achilles heel.”
And in April, China unveiled its deadly new destructive warship that can shoot down ballistic nuclear missiles and satellites.
It is the second most powerful destroyer in the world, behind the Zumwalt class of the US Navy.
Approximately 180 meters long and 22 meters wide, the Type 055 has 112 vertical missile launch cells, which can launch a combination of surface-to-air missiles, anti-ship missiles, air missiles. ground attack and anti-submarine missiles.
This means it can deploy projectiles to intercept incoming attacks, thanks to its dual band radar system.
Equipped with a helicopter deck and a rear hangar, capable of accommodating up to two helicopters, it allows China to prepare for attacks from all angles.
RUSSIA TARGETS SATELLITES
Meanwhile, test footage previously revealed Russia’s terrifying new S-500 Prometheus system which it claims can destroy incoming hypersonic missiles in near space.
A separate video was released this month as the Kremlin announced a “successful” test of one of its deadly prototypes.
The S-500 surface-to-air defense system is designed to shoot down enemy planes and missiles up to an altitude of 125 miles.
It brings ballistic missiles and potentially even low orbit satellites within range.
The new 77N6-N missile could strike a target moving at more than 11,000 mph – or three miles per second – while being guided by an advanced radar tracking system in a second ground vehicle.
Major General Babakov, commander of Russian missile defense troops, boasted: “The S-500 air defense system is capable of destroying hypersonic weapons of any modification, including in near space, in addition to aerodynamic and ballistic targets, which makes it possible to say with confidence that this system is unique. “
And last year, Russia tested a terrifying new “star wars” ballistic missile at 9,000 mph, capable of destroying US satellites in space.
The rocket was launched from the Sary-Shagan test site in Kazakhstan and wiped out a dummy target, according to the Kremlin.
Images released by Putin’s Defense Ministry showed the weapon – “designed to protect against air and space attacks” – taking off in a ball of flame.
At the time, US Space Command Commander John Raymond said Russian alien interceptor missiles presented a challenge to US interests in space.
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