Thursday, January 18, 2007

Defense Tech: China Tests Satellite Killer?

Wow. Is this SciFi? Or is this a portent of future warfare? US (and Israel's) satellite capabilities are what gives us a huge advantage over our enemies. China is quietly building up their weaponry to take them out...
Defense Tech: China Tests Satellite Killer?

"U.S. intelligence agencies believe China performed a successful anti-satellite (asat) weapons test" last week, according to Aviation Week. In the trial, a ballistic missile, armed with a non-explosive warhead, "destroy[ed] an aging Chinese weather satellite target" over 500 miles above the Earth.

fy-1-1.jpgThe news comes just a few months after reports of China testing high-powered lasers to temporarily blind American orbiters. "If the test is verified it will signify a major new Chinese military capability," AvWeek says.

Update: HotAir has more.


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