Mysterious Russian Satellite May Be Space Weapon, US Warns

Russia Russian weaponA space object deployed by the Russian Ministry of Defense last October has behaved abnormally, raising concerns among American experts that it could be the latest weapon in Moscow’s growing space arsenal.

While Russia claims the object is a “space apparatus inspector,” its behavior has been unlike any other object with a similar purpose, including others already deployed by Moscow, according to Yleem D.S. Poblete, the assistant secretary of the U.S. Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance. American officials “are concerned” about the satellite, Poblete told the attendees at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva on Aug 14.

“We don’t know for certain what it is and there is no way to verify it,” Poblete said. “But Russian intentions with respect to this satellite are unclear and are obviously a very troubling development, particularly, when considered in concert with statements by Russia’s Space Force Commander, who highlighted that ‘assimilating new prototypes of weapons into [Russia’s] Space Forces’ military units is a ‘main task facing the Aerospace Forces Space Troops.’”

The United States has been warning about Russia’s pursuit of space weapons for years. Russian Ministry of Defense officials have confirmed repeatedly since 2009 that Moscow is developing anti-satellite weapons. In February last year, Russia said it was developing an anti-satellite missile. In March this year, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that its space troops received “a mobile attack anti-satellite system.”

The space weapons push by Moscow continues amid claims by Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov that “prevention of an arms race in outer space” is a priority for Russia. Meanwhile, the abnormal behavior by the space object could be in violation of a draft treaty on space weapons being promoted by Russia, Poblete said.

“The United States has clearly articulated the many flaws of this draft treaty,” Poblete said. “We also note that, understanding unusual, even potentially threatening behavior, where a satellite is observed doing something that is contrary to what its owners claim it is intended to do, is of great concern to us.”

Alexander Deyneko, a senior Russian diplomat in Geneva, dismissed what he called “the same unfounded, slanderous accusations based on suspicions, on suppositions and so on.”

“We are seeing that the American side are raising their serious concerns about Russia, so you would think they ought to be the first to support the Russian initiative. They should be active in working to develop a treaty that would 100 percent satisfy the security interests of the American people,” he said.

“But they have not made this constructive contribution,” he said.

China’s disarmament ambassador Fu Cong called for substantive discussions on outer space, leading to negotiations.

“China has always stood for peaceful use of outer space and we are against weaponization of outer space, an arms race in outer space, or even more turning outer space into a battlefield,” he said.

Poblete’s warning comes on the heels of a U.S. Department of Defense report to Congress with recommendations on how to create a new military branch dedicated to warfighting in space. In a speech at the Pentagon timed with the release of the report last week, Vice President Mike Pence cautioned that Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran have been working on anti-satellite weapons for years.

President Donald Trump ordered the Pentagon to create the space force report, as he has pushed Congress for months on the creation of the new military branch. The White House is already working on a bill with lawmakers.

“The space environment has fundamentally changed in the last generation,” Pence said. “What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial. Today, other nations are seeking to disrupt our space-based systems and challenge American supremacy in space as never before.”

Pence also pointed out that Russia and China are carrying out highly sophisticated space activities that could bring their satellites close to American space systems, “posing unprecedented new dangers.”

Since taking office, Trump has issued three space policy directives, revived the National Space Council, and outlined a comprehensive national space strategy.

“When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space,” Trump said on June 18.

Poblete said that the draft “Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space, the Threat or Use of Force against Outer Space Objects” is the wrong mechanism for achieving nonproliferation of space weapons. Poblete noted that Russia may have already circumvented the treaty since there is no way to verify the nature of its recently launched space object.

“It is a flawed document, proposed by a country that has routinely violated its international commitments,” Poblete said.

Reprinted with permission from - The Epoch Times - by Ivan Pentchoukov

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O. Ryan Faust
4 years ago

“Trust” is just another tool a tyrant will use to his advantage. Treaties are worthless when dealing with leftist regimes.

Edward Ludwig
4 years ago

I believe there are many covert operations being conducted by Russia, China and N. Korea to destroy America through the internet and other means such as infiltrating our society at large to alter people’s thinking about our society and Government.One obstacle to an invasion plan is that a large percent of Americans own firearms and they would not only have to fight the military but seventy percent of the American people. one of my concerns is that there are some people here in America that would be glad to help these enemy powers.
I wouldn’t at all surprised if Russia did have some type of space weapon and when we speak to Russia about our concerns we still need to be in the ready fire position.

4 years ago

We should have a manned test flight of Orion. We should let Elon Musk’s company Space X have human test flights. We should have manned test flights of the Boeing CST-100. We should create our own surveillance devices to see what is up there. The Air Force’s space plane may be something good but it is a secret.

4 years ago

War in space would create so much debris that we would all lose the ability to put satellites and humans into space. We would have interesting “meteor” showers for decades to come. All of this could negatively affect our astronomy as well. On the bright side… We could have metallic space dust that could be thick enough to reduce our planet’s temperature.

4 years ago

As Gomer would say Suprise , Suprise !!

Glenn Scott (Socialist state of NJ)
4 years ago

I read this a couple years back in the ‘Independent Living’ newsletter. Old news

4 years ago

Seems to me that IF Reagan had been able to get his space defense system implemented back in the 80’s we would be the ones out front on this issue. But all the ‘smarter’ people in congress called him names and blocked the initiative.

4 years ago

‘The threat continues to race, hare-like, at an alarming rate’
Published: 04/24/2016 at 2:50 PM


WASHINGTON – North Korea now has two satellites orbiting over the United States capable of performing a surprise electromagnetic pulse attack at an altitude and trajectory that evade U.S. National Missile Defenses, a national security expert warned in an interview with Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

4 years ago

everything has a priority, be patient my son. Trump created a Space Force, of course its been there for years, they just now put a name on it, Everything in due time, Staying on top and always ready attacking in transparency,

Joseph Kiesznoski
4 years ago

Stop the liberal dumbocrats witch hunts, hang hillary and move on

4 years ago

unpleasant thoughts.

michael failla
4 years ago

We will spend millions on stupidity like muellers investigation and we will (as usual) get caught flatfooted. Trump to his credit is seeing this . Obama gutted so much of our military that its really hard to catch up and surpass our “competitors” Damn shame that obama crippled us so bad. Not all enemies are overseas now are they? You control the eyes in the sky and you lose on the ground. Independent satellite control is proving that. That is what you are seeing. Independent control of a satellite. Now the question becomes.what kind of weapon is on that satellite? Our military is able to see the ground better than most. Take our eyes away and you are back to square one.

4 years ago

Knock off the Bull Crap. Arial threats are no different than those that can harm us on the ground, It’s obvious to the most casual observer, ” OUR ENEMIES ARE OUT TO GET US”! Need I say more? Confront our enemies, NOW! Tomorrow will be too late. Let them know this is “AMERICA”, and we are not going to let go of what this country has made great for us.

Dennis J
4 years ago

Go Trump May GOD be with You

P aul G Haas
4 years ago

can the f 16 take out tis satellite?

4 years ago
Reply to  P aul G Haas

Obama de-commissioned the two prototype fighter jets the Air Force had armed with laser capability to disable or destroy low earth orbit (150 to 200 mile maximum altitude range) satellite or missiles. Anything above that altitude would have been out of range of the lasers that could be fitted to a typical fighter jet. As for conventionally armed F-16, F-18, F-22 or F-35 jets, none of their missiles are designed to work in space. They are strictly air to air or air to ground weapons. Satellites and the ISS orbit the earth at a speed of over 17,000 mph, so hitting a Russian or Chinese satellite from a jet traveling less than a 1,000 mph, no matter what its armament, would be technically challenging.

That is the downside of the U.S. entering into some of these treaties where the only member actually abiding by the terms is us. We stand still while the other side continues to develop technology to potentially circumvent our existing defensive capabilities. Not very smart on our part, but that is the progressive mindset that has dominated our defense strategy since Reagan left office. Trump is trying to correct that. Although most RINO’s will join with Democrats to maintain the status quo. We don’t need a sixth branch of the defense department. That is wasting a massive amount of money to re-create what essentially is an existing bureaucratic infrastructure inside the Pentagon. We just need to re-prioritize the existing Air Force Space Command to include the development and deployment of weapons that would be effective against any orbital threat posed by another nation.

Pat R
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Finally someone making sense with a rational/reasonable solution. Can you find a way to pass that along to Pres Trump?

4 years ago

So, is anyone still protesting our new SPACE FORCE’? Ya gotta be brain dead to not see what is coming on our planet. What happens in space is the answer and we need to have some control over it. China and Russia are not our friends and never will be. Cooperation is possible but not likely ‘friendship’. Strength is the only answer.

4 years ago
Reply to  CHALY

I have no issue with the concept, but since there is already a Space Command in the US Air Force, why not put those eggs in that basket?

Wayne Peterkin
4 years ago

Like we’re supposed to simply trust Putin to be honest and do the right thing? When our national security is at risk? I don’t think so.

Paul W
4 years ago

I have been saying for years that the money that the government is wasting on flying in circles on the ISS should be redirected to space defense initiatives. Thankfully, President Trump has introduced the creation of Space Force. Hopefully it’s not too little, too late.

4 years ago
Reply to  Paul W

everything has a priority, be patient my son

Paul W
4 years ago
Reply to  Focus

I’m trying Brother! Hopefully things start accelerating. I used to be a fan of NASA, but that too has become so politicized. Additionally, Russia and China have stepped up their space weapon initiatives. We have to recognize that space has become the fourth arena of warfare. Sad, but true.

4 years ago

While the U.S. is spending money on political trash like the Mueller investigations, China and Russia are creating ways to disable the U.S.!

Joe S
4 years ago

This is just what the Liberal Democrat radicals want. This space weapons diversion will help as they keep hounding President Trump to divert attention from real and serious problems with Russia such as Hillary and the DNC collusion with the Russians during the 2016 campaign; the collection of millions of Russian dollars by the Clintons while Hillary was Sect. of State. The threat from space along with the Mueller witch hunt just may save Hillary and Bill, Comey and Mueller himself from conspiracy, conflict of interest and unconstitutional investigation indictments. Not to mention Obama. Hissoner has himself lied to the world about Hillary’s server and his own collusion with Russia: “…tell Putin I will have more flexibility after the election”. Their first concern, as always, is regaining power. Russian weapons in space is nowhere near as important.

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