Russia Deploys Space Age Weapon

( – The U.S. Intelligence Community has identified that Russia has recently deployed what they believe to be an anti-satellite weapon into space, currently positioned near American satellites.

This concern was highlighted by U.S. Ambassador Robert Wood during a speech at the United Nations.

“On May 16, Russia launched a satellite into low Earth orbit that the United States assesses is likely a counterspace weapon presumably capable of attacking other satellites in low Earth orbit,” Wood stated. “Russia deployed this new counterspace weapon into the same orbit as a US government satellite.”

This event follows a previous instance in 2022, where Russia launched a similar anti-satellite weapon after it invaded Ukraine.

The situation escalated amid U.S. intelligence warnings that Russian President Vladimir Putin might be advancing an anti-satellite nuclear weapon program.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner addressed this issue in February to express concerns about the development of a “destabilizing” weapon.

He called on Joe Biden to make public the intelligence details regarding this weapon, which is thought to be capable of disabling satellites integral to U.S. national security.

Further tensions arose when Russia blocked a UN Security Council resolution last month, which the United States and Japan had co-proposed.

This resolution sought to reinforce the commitments of nations under the Outer Space Treaty, which includes an agreement not to place nuclear weapons in Earth’s orbit.

The proposed resolution specifically looked to prohibit the development of nuclear weapons intended for orbital deployment.

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan commented on Russia’s stance in April, saying, “As we have noted previously, the United States assesses that Russia is developing a new satellite carrying a nuclear device.”

He referenced Putin’s public assurances against the deployment of nuclear weapons in space, which he contrasted with Russia’s actions at the UN.

“We have heard President Putin say publicly that Russia has no intention of deploying nuclear weapons in space. If that were the case, Russia would not have vetoed this resolution,” Sullivan concluded.

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