The US Department of Defense Pentagon has warned that China is rapidly developing a space strike weapon. The Pentagon has also said that China is doing important work on weapons that can narrow the space technology gap between it and the United States. China already has an anti-satellite weapon. It is believed that this weapon from China can only target satellites in low earth orbit. But, the new weapon that is being manufactured will be able to attack even higher.
China invests heavily in space weapons
According to the report, China is investing heavily in weapons capable of jamming and destroying satellites. Such weapons could pose an immediate threat to US national security. It also indicates that after the formation of the US Space Force under the Trump administration, China is aggressively developing weapons in space.
China wants to overtake America
Rear Admiral Michael Studman, a senior intelligence official at the Pentagon’s Indo-Pacific Command, told a webinar that anti-satellite weapons made in China are capable of jamming the satellite and killing it. He said they were closely monitoring our space capacity. They want to equal us and surpass them.
Warning on China’s military progress
He said that if they go to war with us, they will be able to achieve their goals. The US intelligence community was notified in April of China’s military advances by the office of the US Director of National Intelligence (DNI). In this warning, it was said that the Chinese military is collecting information from the integrated space service satellites for position recognition and evaluation, navigation and satellite communication.
China also mentioned in Pentagon’s annual threat report
The Chinese Army’s Space Command is undertaking a massive upgrade of its weapons and command and control systems to shut down US military communications. The DNI stressed that the development of space weapons will be an integral part of future military deterrence in space. Its annual threat assessment report says China is manufacturing a new type of anti-satellite weapon.
What is an anti-satellite weapon
Anti-satellite weapon is a weapon designed to deactivate or destroy satellites for strategic military purposes of any country. To date, no such weapon has been used in war. However, many countries consider such missile systems to be necessary to demonstrate their capabilities in space and to continue their space program at an uninterrupted pace. So far, only four countries in the world, America, Russia, China and India have this capability.