China rapidly building space arms to 'blind and deafen' U.S. military, Pentagon says

China rapidly building space arms to 'blind and deafen' U.S. military, Pentagon says

China rapidly building space arms to 'blind and deafen' U.S. military, Pentagon says
Dec 01, 2022 2 mins, 4 secs

The report said China’s space forces and related support elements continue to “mature rapidly.”.

The Pentagon report, based on Defense Intelligence Agency information, discloses for the first time that China is working on space-based weapons capable of attacking enemy targets on Earth’s surface.

Space Force is said to be developing counter-space weapons.

Listner, a space expert with Space Law and Policy Solutions, said the Pentagon report highlights the PLA’s space weapons use in a conflict but fails to consider the same space warfare tools could be used preemptively to cripple the U.S.

The Chinese military is also working on new ASAT missiles that can attack strategic satellites in geosynchronous (GEO) orbit, or 22,236 miles in space.

“No new satellites were released from the object, and the launch profile was inconsistent with traditional [space launchers], ballistic missiles, or sounding rocket launches for scientific research, suggesting a basic capability could exist to use ASAT technology against satellites at great distances and not just LEO,” the report said.

The PLA also launched a maneuvering satellite with a robotic arm that the report said could be used to grab orbiting satellites and destroy or damage them.

To support its space warfare arms, China also has established a space surveillance system of sensors that can search, track and target satellites, including a variety of telescopes, radars, and other sensors that can be used in targeting ASAT missiles or guiding killer satellites to U.S.

“China has multiple ground-based laser weapons of varying power levels to disrupt, degrade, or damage satellites that include a current limited capability to employ laser systems against satellite sensors,” the report said.

“The PLA expects space to play an important role in future conflicts by enabling long-range precision strikes and in denying other militaries the use of overhead command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems,” the report said.

However, the new Strategic Support Force (SSF), a service-level component, oversees all PLA space operations, in addition to electronic and cyber warfare

The Pentagon report includes a map of China that identifies six SSF space warfare bases spread out around the country and a headquarters in Beijing

The PLA’s space warfare capabilities are regarded as part of a suite of niche weapons that will assist in fighting and winning war against a “strong enemy,” a euphemism for the United States

The weapons are designed to prevent the United States from using space, a key strategic advantage for the military, during a crisis or conflict

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