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Russian, Chinese lasers threaten US satellites: Pentagon

IANS  |  Washington 

A new report has warned that and were both developing space capabilities to threaten the US, including that could target and destroy American

"and Russia, in particular, are developing a variety of means to exploit perceived US reliance on space-based systems and challenge the US position in space," the report said on Monday.

The report titled, "Challenges to Security in Space", examines Russian, Chinese, Iranian and North Korean space capabilities, reported.

US play a critical role in everything from navigation, targeting and intelligence gathering, including keeping tabs on North Korea's nuclear programme and monitoring Russian and Chinese military activity.

They also house sensors involved in detecting enemy missile launches.

The report has detailed a variety of Russian and Chinese anti-satellite weapons, including electronic warfare systems, directed-energy and "kinetic" anti-satellite

It said both and were "likely" pursuing "weapons to disrupt, degrade, or damage and their sensors".

"likely will field a ground-based weapon that can counter low-orbit space-based sensors by 2020, and by the mid-to-late 2020s, it may field that extend the threat to the structures of non-optical satellites," the report said.

is actively considering placing advanced sensors in space as part of its recent Missile Defence Review, which was unveiled last month.

The report warned that China also has an operational missile capable of hitting satellites in low-Earth orbit while is in the process of developing one.

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 10:32 IST
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