Russian MiG-31BM interceptor turned into a satellite killer, the US claims
WASHINGTON, (BM) – Russia is working on a new type of anti-satellite weapons, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing The National Interest (NI) magazine.
The weapon “includes tiny satellites equipped with weapons, a small accelerating engine and an MiG-31 interceptor, which acts as the first stage of the entire system,” an article published by NI says.
The National Interest refers to Bart Hendrix, whom the online publication The Space Review called “a longtime observer of the Russian space program.”
Hendricks believes that the anti-satellite system is being created “as part of the Petrel project, and Russia has abandoned explosives and the warhead of the strike, choosing instead “predatory microsatellites that maneuver towards their targets in low Earth orbit and disable them”.
National Interest calls “Hendrix’s evidence highly compelling.”
In particular, it is indicated on the photo of 2018. In the picture – “MiG-31BM with a large black rocket suspended under the fuselage.” The photo was taken while observing “the activities of the Gromov Flight Research Institute in Zhukovsky near Moscow.” The rocket, as stated in the article, seems “too large” for the air-to-air or air-to-surface class, but the size is suitable “for anti-satellite weapons.”
Hendricks, citing open sources, claims that the project “has began September 1, 2011.”
According to the publication, “the most convincing fact is that since 2013 Russia has been conducting orbital tests of the so-called inspection satellites.” According to the National Interest, they “can maneuver next to other spacecraft supposedly in order to check for damage.” The publication believes that they “without major modifications can be used as weapons.”
Hendricks believes that “an analysis of publicly available online Russian sources leaves little doubt that the MiG-31BM and the rocket are part of a broader anti-satellite project.”
Recall, the U.S. Air Force space command said that Russia allegedly conducts tests of a direct interception anti-satellite missile.
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