Against the backdrop of rising ‘peer’ and regional state rivals, the role of space-based assets for effective missile defence will be critical.
UAE poised to develop space partnership with Russia
A pending joint agreement between Russia, Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may mark the start of long-term space cooperation between the three countries, including in the military domain.
The agreement is still being drafted, but it is understood to include launchpad upgrades at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Russia currently uses Pad 31 to launch Soyuz rockets from Baikonur, while Gagarin’s Start is awaiting modernisation and will subsequently be used as a backup.
On 23 April, Kazakh aerospace industry minister Bagdat Musin said that the contract would be signed within a month, but this still had not happened …
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