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Russian Federation challenges USA defense in space, developing capabilities

Russian Federation challenges USA defense in space, developing capabilities

China was also developing satellite inspection and fix techniques - some of which could function as weapons and speed up the development of space debris removal technology, the report said.

Space is the common property of all mankind, not the private property of the Americans, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a briefing.

"They are developing systems that pose a threat to freedom of action in space", the report warned, citing current Russian and Chinese military doctrine that sees the ability to control outer space as "integral to winning modern wars".

In particular, China and Russian Federation are 'developing a variety of means to exploit perceived U.S. reliance on space-based systems and challenge the USA position in space, ' the defense agency said.

Additionally, Russia and China now have "enhanced situational awareness, enabling them to monitor, track and target USA and allied forces", the report said.

'China has long advocated the peaceful use of outer space and opposes militarisation and an arms race in space, ' Hua said, adding that if the U.S. was serious about space security, then it should work with China to control arms development.

China is developing sophisticated space capabilities such as "satellite inspection and repair" and debris clean-up - "at least some of which could also function" as weapons against U.S. satellites, according to the Defense Intelligence Agency in a report published on Monday. The report also includes a section on orbital debris as a significant concern and potential disruptor to future space operations.

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It adds that China 'possibly already has a limited capability to employ laser systems against satellite sensors'.

China had set up a strategic support force to integrate cyberspace, space and electronic warfare capabilities into joint military operations, it claimed.

"The use of space has greatly expanded USA military ability to project power globally", a US defense intelligence official said, adding they can do so with fewer troops deployed and therefore less risk to American service members.

"As the number of satellites grows, so does the threats posed by space debris", the official said.

"Some actors are seeking ways to deny the effectiveness of the United States, having witnessed more than 25 years of U.S. military successes enabled by space capabilities", the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) study said. "That makes tracking satellites and discriminating satellites from threats and nonthreats and predicting and preventing collisions more challenging". The application on a hand-held device that gives directions, calls rideshare auto or locates a lost package is enabled by the Global Positioning System constellation operated by the U.S. Air Force.

China and Russian Federation are working on ground-based systems, electromagnetic jamming, lasers and other anti-satellite capabilities to counter America's advantage in space.

"Space is fundamental to US prosperity", the Pentagon official said.


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