MOSCOW, Russia – Russian tracking devices record intense movements in the geostationary orbit of US military satellites GSSAP, aimed at monitoring other military devices in space, according to a document from the Space Science Center that was obtained.
It is reported that the Russian automated warning system for dangerous situations in space detected more than 400 maneuvers performed until 2018 by only one of four GSSAP devices.
In addition, he approached the US communications satellite MUOS-5, whose main engine had failed.
Between 2014 and 2016, the US launched four satellites under the GSSAP program to monitor and control outer space for the US Air Force.
According to official data, the satellites of this surveillance network are located near the geostationary orbit at an altitude of more than 35,000 kilometers and watch other satellites with the use of optical-electronic equipment.
US plans to pursue the development of space-based interceptors indicate that Washington would use space for military operations, warned Russia’s Foreign Ministry.
Washington’s concept of a space-based interceptor capable of destroying missiles in the push phase was featured in the US Missile Defense Review (RDM) last week.
In a speech announcing the publication of the RDM, US President Donald Trump warned that the new strategy will ensure that enemy missiles find no sanctuary on Earth or in the heavens.
He also stated that space is a new field of warfare with the Space Force leading the way.
“Implementation of your US military space plans will reach the current space security system,” Moscow said, referring to Washington’s earlier attempts to achieve military dominance, resulting in “escalating tensions and an arms race” .
Russia’s Foreign Ministry also regretted that the United States had abandoned the “constructive dialogue” and returned to President Ronald Reagan’s Star Wars anti-missile defense program in the 1980s when space-based interceptors were first imagined.
Although the RDM only recommends studying the issue at this time, Moscow is convinced that the Trump administration places a “strong emphasis” on it and will be inclined to go ahead with the development of space-based weapons.
In addition to the development of spacing capabilities, the RDM describes plans to deploy 20 additional interceptor missiles in Alaska in 2023. Other plans include assembling missile facilities in Romania and Poland – part of the European Gradual Adaptive Approach (EPAA) – with the new Aegis SM-3 missiles.