The United States will “defend and defend” the cosmos from its militarization by Russia and China, said Patrick Shanahan, acting head of the US defense department, on Tuesday.
“We have to face reality. Our opponents place weapons in space to attack our objects in space. China and Russia militarized space in order to endanger the US space capabilities, ”said Patrick Shanahan, acting head of the US defense department, speaking at the Space Symposium annual space forum in Colorado Springs.
According to Shanahan, “the Chinese communist government has already used and continues to increase its ability to jam” the communication capabilities of the United States, is armed with laser weapons.
“We expect that by next year they will deploy a ground-based laser system aimed at space sensors in low-Earth orbit,” said the acting head of department.
He noted that the Chinese military have the ability to conduct cyber attacks against the American space systems, are armed with ground-based rocket launchers that can destroy satellites, and actively develop supersonic capabilities.
“Russia does a lot of this,” said Shanakhan.
“At the same time, they (Moscow and Beijing) are promoting international agreements in the UN, which, we know, they are not going to follow,” said the Acting the head of the US defense department.
He assured the listeners that the United States is ready to respond to the challenges and “must defend and protect the cosmos.”
US President Donald Trump in February signed a decree on the creation of the Space Forces to repel aggression and protect national interests in space.
Russia said that by doing so the United States creates the prerequisites for the militarization of outer space with its intentions to use outer space for military purposes, and Russia will have to respond to possible threats with mirror and asymmetric measures.
In early March, the head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, Army General Valery Gerasimov, called on military scientists to step up the search for and use of means to counter possible military actions by a potential enemy in space and from space.
In turn, Foreign Ministry spokesman Gen Shuang said that the United States, accusing China and Russia of allegedly creating threats in outer space, is actually looking for a pretext to justify its desire for military superiority and the development of advanced weapons.
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