Washington/London: The space-based satellite test conducted by Russia this month provokes the concern of UK and US defence officials. The US department described the use of ” what would appear to be actual in-orbit anti-satellite weaponry” as alarming. For the first time, the UK has made allegations about the testing. The United States Space Command’s press release cited that the satellite test as ‘ Russia conducted a non-destructive test of a space-based anti-satellite weapon”.
” We are concerned by the manner in which Russia tested one of its satellites by launching a projectile with the characteristics of a weapon. Actions of the kind threaten the peaceful use of space and risk causing debris that could pose a threat to satellites and space systems on which the world depends. We call on Russia to avoid any further such testing. We also urge Russia to avoid any further such testing. We also urge Russia to continue to work constructively with the UK and other partners to encourage responsible behavior in space” states Air Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth, director of the UK’s Space Directorate.
— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) July 23, 2020
“This event highlights Russia’s hypocritical advocacy of outer space arms control, with which Moscow aims to restrict the capabilities of the United States while clearly having no intention of halting its own counter space program — both ground-based anti-satellite capabilities and what would appear to be actual in-orbit anti-satellite weaponry,” says Dr Christopher Ford, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, the in-charges of the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security.
“The Russian satellite system used to conduct this on-orbit weapons test is the same satellite system that we raised concerns about earlier this year when Russia maneuvered near a U.S. government satellite. This is further evidence of Russia’s continuing efforts to develop and test space-based systems, and consistent with the Kremlin’s published military doctrine to employ weapons that hold U.S. and allied space assets at risk”, said General John W. “Jay” Raymond, Commander of U.S. Space Command and U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations.