Russia already has deployed a satellite armed with a weapon in low-earth orbit that can destroy US satellites vital for communications, denying our ability to leverage space as a force multiplier.
Russia has a nesting doll satellite [in orbit] to destroy US satellites, armed with a weapon to destroy US satellites,” Space Force Commander General John Raymond told the Air Force Association (AFA) Air Space Cyber Conference @ National Harbor in Maryland.
Raymond claimed the satellite is designed like a Russian “nesting doll,” with an outer casing that opens up to reveal an inner satellite shell and that shell also opens to reveal a weapon that can fire at and destroy US orbiting satellites from a safe distance.
He went on to posit that the satellite is targeted at destroying US space assets that are essential for accurate long-range precision targeting and fires for “smart” munitions launched from bombers and other weapons.
The Russian satellite Kosmos 2542 was launched in November 2019 and in December 2019, it released a sub-satellite, Kosmos-2543 which then carried out a series of maneuvers that US military officials interpreted as a show of force.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point Military News 2021.