Expert: US unable to develop space strike weapons systems

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Academician of the Russian Academy of cosmonautics Alexander Zheleznyakov believes that the Vice-President of the United States, Mike Pence, speaking of the intention of the United States to achieve military dominance in space over Russia and China, most likely, meant the development of space strike weapons systems that can destroy enemy satellites and hitting targets on Earth.

Pence said Monday that the U.S. will seek military dominance in space over Russia and China. He noted that in connection with «aggressive development of anti-satellite weapons Russia and China,» President Donald trump ordered to strengthen space systems to America was so dominant in space as on Earth.

«It is likely to go on the development of the US space strike weapons systems that can destroy enemy satellites and hitting targets on Earth: these are the two main components of military dominance from space. If Mike Pence had in mind the development of such systems, it is a very dangerous step, because it will definitely cause a reaction from Russia and China in creation of similar objects in orbit,» said Zheleznyakov RIA Novosti.

According to him, the UN has long been a struggle for the prevention of the weaponization of space, but the international treaties in this area have significant gaps.

«They, of course, has not been canceled yet, but there are loopholes that implicitly allow such systems in space to place it. In particular, the Union at the time created, tested and put on combat duty system fractional orbital bombing using missiles R-36, which was in service until the early eighties. The legislation is far from ideal, and if to talk about the threat of militarization of outer space, of course, it is necessary to conduct active diplomacy and is likely to sign a new agreement,» said Zheleznyakov.

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