China Secretly Tests Anti Satellite Weapon

This isn't the first time that China has experimented with such dangerous technology. Indeed, there is plenty of intelligence documenting the fact that the PLA has previously worked on weapons that could be deployed against US satellites and other assets in space. If it comes to the Chinese actually developing and using such a device, it would have devastating consequences for our national security. RT reports:

“An as-yet-unpublished US-China Economic and Security Review Commission report, obtained by Gertz, claims that at least seven anti-satellite test launches have been conducted by the Chinese in the past decade.

‘Although China has called these tests ‘land-based missile interception tests,’ available evidence suggests they were indeed anti-satellite tests,' claims the report. ‘China is pursuing a broad and robust array of counter-space capabilities, which includes direct-ascent anti-satellite missiles, co-orbital anti-satellite systems, computer network operations, ground-based satellite jammers, and directed energy weapons.'

The last of these tests reportedly took place in July 2014, from the same Korla launching pad. A test in 2007 resulted in an old weather satellite being destroyed 865 kilometers above Earth by a kinetic kill vehicle.

As the US heavily relies on its satellites for communication, navigation, intelligence and targeting, future improvement in Chinese tech, outside observers believe, will provide a fundamental challenge.

‘We are quickly approaching the point where every satellite in every orbit can be threatened,' the House subcommittee heard this March from Jay Raymond, commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Space.”

Sounds like America would be wise to start looking to the skies, and looking to the east.


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