U.S. intelligence agencies have warned through new reports that Moscow and Beijing could possess ‘destructive’ space weapons in within the next few years endangering the effectiveness of military effectiveness of U.S. and its allies.
According to the report prepared through inputs from organizations including the FBI, the CIA, and the National Security Agency, Moscow and Beijing could use those weapons in a space conflict. These ‘destructive’ space weapons could comprise of anti-satellite weapons including ballistic missiles designed to damage space-based systems.
Anti-satellite weapons are considered to be one of the major elements of counterspace technology – hardware and software geared towards hindering the capabilities of adversaries in outer space.
In the report the U.S. intelligence agencies have warned that there is a strong possibility that in future conflicts with either Russia or China, either of the country would justify attacks against U.S. and allied satellites as necessary to offset any perceived U.S. military advantage derived from military, civil, or commercial space systems.
“Of particular concern, Russia and China continue to launch ‘experimental’ satellites that conduct sophisticated on-orbit activities, at least some of which are intended to advance counterspace capabilities,” it continued.
The Trump administration has been exceedingly vocal about the military activities of Moscow; however, no sanctions have bee imposed yet. Several of Trump’s former aides are under investigation for alleged collaboration with the Kremlin, and a special counsel is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during his presidential run. Beijing’s trade and currency practices, meanwhile, remain one of Trump’s major complaints.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping both have a shaky relationship with the world’s largest economy.