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Russia's satellite-killing capabilities make headway

2nd May 2020 - 10:00 GMT | by Leonid Nersisyan in Yerevan

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Gen John Raymond, head of US Space Command (USSPACECOM), declared on 15 April that Russia has conducted another direct-ascent anti-satellite (DA-ASAT) missile test, although official US sources did not give specific information on whether the tests were successful or whether any targets were hit.

According to a USPACECOM statement, the Russian system is capable of destroying satellites in low Earth orbit, and the latest tests may be related to movements of Cosmos 2542 and Cosmos 2543 satellites in February, when they carried out manoeuvres near a US government satellite.

Information and hints about putative Russian anti-satellite and anti-missile weapons

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Leonid Nersisyan

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Leonid Nersisyan


Leonid Nersisyan is a defence analyst and research fellow at APRI Armenia. He is a …

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