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A very real threat: Russia tests an anti-satellite missile, the US Space Forces says

WASHINGTON, (BM) – U.S. space forces said Russia tested an anti-satellite missile on April 15, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according the US space command statement.

“The US space command is aware and tracks Russian anti-satellite missile tests on April 15,” the report said.

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“Russia’s test of the direct interceptor anti-satellite missile (DA-ASAT) is yet another example of the fact that threats to US space systems and allied systems are real and growing,” commented General John Raymond, commander of the US Space Forces.

It is also noted that the missile system tested by Russia is capable of destroying satellites in low Earth orbit.

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that President Donald Trump issued an order to create a Space Force as part of the U.S. Armed Forces in June 2018.

The American space command will be subordinate to 87 units and subunits, forces and equipment responsible for warning of missile threats, the operation of satellites, control of space flights and support for operations in space.

In his speech on December 20, 2019, during which Trump officially announced the creation of the USSF, the owner of the White House said that US opponents are threatening US satellites with the help of new technologies, so there was a need to create space troops.

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Trump called the creation of this military structure then the “new chapter in an outstanding history” of the US Armed Forces.

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