The US called Russia and China the main threats in space
WASHINGTON, 11 Feb — RIA Novosti. Russia and China, Iran and North Korea challenge the United States in space, the report says US military intelligence released on Monday.
“Seeing the benefits of space operations, some foreign governments develop the potential of threatening the ability of other countries to use the space. China and Russia in particular have taken steps to challenge the United States,” reads the report, which was prepared by the Intelligence Department of the Ministry of defense (DIA).
In particular, it States that the space sector was “very important” to the military doctrines of Russia and China, both countries have developed “energetic and with great potential” space units, including space exploration.
In addition, as noted in the report, both countries have the potential to search for satellites of a potential enemy in space. “Also, these countries develop the capabilities of killing and action in cyberspace, directed energy weapons, defense capabilities and on-orbit ASAT missiles, land-based,” reads the report.
“Iran and North Korea also pose a challenge to the armed forces, using aerospace components — both have demonstrated the possibility of jamming (signal satellites — ed.). Iran and North Korea to support the independent space launch capacity that can be used for testing ballistic missile technology,” reads the report.
According to the report, the US still has an advantage in space, but further improvement of the capacities of these countries could become a “threat” to the cosmic potential of the United States.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin asked the heads of defense Ministry and foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu to report on how it will be cropped a possible threat in connection with the plans of some countries to place weapons in space.