Chinese military wants to dominate from space

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ChineseAccording to an Air Force report, the People’s Liberation Army is building and deploying a range of space warfare vehicles that will be used to dominate the world by controlling space, from anti-satellite missiles to cyber weapons.

The report by the China Institute of Aeronautics and Space Studies, part of Air University, is also to blame. Chinese Especially from an anti-satellite missile test in 2007, as it emitted large amounts of space debris. The ASAT test destroyed a weather satellite, leaving behind more than 3,400 dangerous floating space debris that will threaten both satellites and manned spacecraft for years.

Chinesemilitary designated space as a battleground – described as ‘a new command height of war’ – Chinese “It must fight and conquer to win future wars,” he said. “People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officers and analysts claim that space is the ultimate high ground, and whoever controls space controls Earth.”

The PLA views military space systems for command and control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance as critical to conducting high-tech warfare.

“At the same time, Chinese military analysts view space as a critical vulnerability that could weaken the enemy if access is denied,” the report said.

The report alleges that the PLA plans to use outer space to project its forces away from its shores and defeat enemies like the US military in a future conflict. Space combat arms, called counterspace weapons, include a wide range of systems, and the PLA has begun to transition the weapons from testing to deployment.

Weapons include ground-launched “kinetic killing devices” – precision-guided missiles that strike satellites at extremely high speeds. Other space weapons are orbiting robot killer satellites, directed energy weapons, electronic jammers, and cyber warfare capabilities.

Since the 2007 ASAT test, ChineseThe report stated that the space warfare program became more capable with just a series of tests.

“Taken together, China’s counterspace and counterspace-related activities likely represent the US military’s intention to undermine its traditional advantage by threatening satellites from the ground. [geosynchronous orbit]The report referred to the 23,000-mile orbit used by strategic satellites.

US intelligence agencies announced Chinese “It has already deployed land-based ASAT missiles aimed at destroying satellites. [low-earth orbit] and ground-based ASAT lasers are likely intended to blind or damage sensitive space-based optical sensors on LEO satellites.”

Four years ago, cybersecurity firm Symantec announced that the attacks Chinese targeted a satellite communications operator and a satellite imagery and mapping organization. According to the report, since the 2007 ASAT test that destroyed an orbiting weather satellite, the PLA has conducted seven ASAT-related tests. In an effort to reduce space debris, the Chinese have modified their tests, often disguising them as related to missile defense.

Joint-orbit PLA space warfare activities include the deployment of eight small satellites between 2010 and 2018 that have demonstrated their ability to intercept or intercept orbiting satellites. Cyberattacks related to the PLA space war include the 2012 electronic attack on NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which gave Chinese hackers full functional control over the lab networks.

Three other space war-related cyberattacks in 2014, 2017 and 2018 targeted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Indian satellite communications and satellite controls at satellite operators, defense contractors and telecommunications companies.

One example of an energy attack on the PLA occurred in 2006 when a ground-based laser struck an orbiting US remote sensing satellite.

Chinese‘s role in making the space more congested, contentious and competitive is indicative of the long-term rivalry between the United States and the United States. Chinese, which Chinese It has become a global force, in part through the use of space,” the report says.

About space congestion, the report says Chinese It is a major source of space congestion, with 441 spacecraft representing less than 7% of the total satellites in orbit. Chinese It produced about 25% of all space debris, primarily from the 2007 test.

Navy: Intel legally ships in the South China Sea

A Navy spokesperson denounced Chinese state media saying Inside the Ring that a US Navy intelligence gathering vessel was operating legally and in international waters while on a mission in the disputed South China Sea.

“The USNS Mary Sears is a Pathfinder-class research vessel primarily used to support oceanographic programs around the world, including conducting acoustic, biological, physical and geophysical surveys,” he said. Navy Lieutenant Mark Langford, Seventh Fleet spokesperson. “Mary Sears conducts routine operations in accordance with international law.”

Lieutenant Langford did not say whether Chinese military or maritime security vessels were harassing the research vessel, as has happened with similar research vessels in the past.

Incidents involving clashes between the PLA navy and intelligence gathering vessels included two incidents involving the USNS Impeccable in 2009 and 2013 when the ship was in international waters and Chinese vessels were harassed by military and security vessels. Other Navy research ship events took place in 2001, 2002, 2009, which included the USNS Bowditch and the USNS Victorious.

Such research vessels conduct anti-submarine warfare intelligence gathering for the Navy, including near Hainan Island, where a major Chinese submarine base and an underwater cave are known to be used by Chinese submarines.

A source said the Chinese ships saluted Mary Sears during their search and tried to force the ship to leave what the Chinese claim to be territorial waters. Chinese state media has also accused Mary Sears of conducting anti-submarine warfare-related activities in the South China Sea since last month.

Mary Sears has been in the South China Sea since September 26 and conducted operations near Hainan Island from October 1 to October 4 before approaching the coast of Vietnam. On 10 October the ship was near the disputed Spratly Islands. Chinese He established military bases on small islets and reefs.

The South China Sea is a shallow waterway that makes submarine operations difficult. The Seawolf-class attack submarine, the USS Connecticut, was recently damaged when it crashed into what the Navy said was an unidentified underwater object there. No details of the object hit by Connecticut were disclosed, but speculations ranged from a dump shipping container to an underwater plane.

Global Times, a new website affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party, reports that Mary Sears and Connecticut’s “In the South China Sea, ChineseIn the event of a conflict, it is a threat not only to the Chinese Navy, but also to normal civilian activities in peacetime.”

North Korean anti-ship ballistic missile?

Photos that North Korea made public this week show what appears to be a new missile. ChineseThe DF-21D is a unique anti-ship ballistic missile capable of targeting moving ships at sea from long distances. The photos were published online in North Korean state media during the military exhibition Self Defense 2021 on Oct.

Rick Fisher, a military affairs analyst said the show revealed the new missile that looks very similar. ChineseThe DF-21C and DF-21D missiles have a range of approximately 1,100 miles.

The DF-21C is classified as a medium range precision strike missile for use against ground targets. The DF-21D is known as the carrier-killing variant that requires extensive warhead precision, navigation and tracking to strike ships at sea.

“North Korea’s new maneuverable missile warhead bears a striking resemblance to the one in the United States. ChineseThe DF-21C precision strike missile and the DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile,” said Mr Fisher of the Center for International Evaluation and Strategy, a think tank. and capable of precision strikes on American targets, perhaps even at sea.”

The North Koreans also showcased a new hypersonic missile version that bears a striking resemblance. ChineseDF-17 hypersonic gliding vehicle.

The DF-17 is designed to fly at speeds above five times the speed of sound and maneuver towards its target at the edge of space. The missile is said to be resistant to advanced missile defense systems, making it a particularly powerful offensive weapon.

Mr Fisher said the hypersonic glide vehicle was launched from North Korea’s Hwasong-8 liquid-fueled missile, which was tested on September 28.

“This [hypersonic glide vehicle] shows a greater but profound resemblance Chinese‘s new DF-17 is also equipped with an HGV warhead,” said Mr. Fisher.

• Contact Bill Gertz on Twitter at @BillGertz.

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