MOSCOW, ($1=72.44 Russian Rubles) – Russia in the course of testing anti-satellite weapons shot down the Soviet satellite “Kosmos-1408”, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing a US space command statement.
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“Russia on November 15, 2021, Moscow time tested a satellite intercept rocket with direct injection into orbit. The rocket hit the Russian satellite Kosmos-1408, which led to the formation of debris in low Earth orbit,” the command said in a statement.
According to him, about 1,500 debris has formed, which can be monitored. “Probably, hundreds of thousands of smaller debris [which cannot be tracked – ed.] are also formed in orbit,” the US military said.
The BBC, for its part, notes that Kosmos 1408 was launched in 1982. It was intended for electronic intelligence and has not worked for many years.
The head of the space command, General James Dickinson, said that such a test, according to the United States, indicates that Russia is indifferent to “the security, stability and long-term rational use of space by all countries.” He explained that, according to estimates by the US Space Command, because of the debris, spacecraft, in particular, will have to maneuver more often to avoid collisions.
“Russia’s test of a satellite intercept missile with direct launch into orbit clearly shows that this country continues to work on anti-satellite systems. Such systems undermine strategic stability and pose a threat to all countries,” Dickinson said.
The US State Department previously said that the test of anti-satellite weapons of the Russian Federation, which poses a threat to the ISS, took place earlier on Monday.
“Earlier today, the Russian Federation irresponsibly tested a satellite intercept rocket with direct injection into orbit,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a Monday briefing. He noted that, according to the American side, the test of the Russian Federation provided for the destruction of “one of its satellites.”
Previously, Price emphasized that the Russian test of anti-satellite weapons posed a threat to the crew of the International Space Station [ISS]. He added that the garbage formed as a result of this test contains 1.5 thousand objects to be tracked and hundreds of thousands of smaller ones.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, in turn, also expressed concern about the Russian test of anti-satellite weapons. “The biggest concern is the debris that is now in space and could pose a threat, including to the International Space Station,” Kirby said at a briefing. He stressed that Russia did not warn the United States about testing.