On Thursday, the United States accused Russia of developing an anti-satellite system in space, alleging that it revealed Moscow’s plan to deploy arms threatening US and allied satellites. In Moscow, the Ministry of Defense reported that the July 15 incident involved a “small space vehicle” that “inspected one of the national satellites from a distance using special equipment.”
It added that the inspection “provided useful information on the object being inspected and transmitted to the ground-based control facilities.” The US, however, alleged that the Russian actions were incompatible with the stated mission of the satellite inspector. “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 US government satellite,” said Gen. John W. Raymond, commander of Space Command and the head of US Space Force.
In a space strategy document published last month, the Pentagon asserted that “China and Russia present the greatest strategic threat due to their development, testing, and deployment of counterspace capabilities and their associated military doctrine for employment in conflict extending to space.”