In the course of testing anti-satellite weapons the military of Russia shot down the Soviet satellite “Kosmos-1408”, reported by Bulgarian Military.com.
On November 15, 2021, Moscow time Russia tested a satellite intercept rocket with direct injection into orbit. The rocket hit the Russian satellite Kosmos-1408, which led to the formation of debris in low Earth orbit.
About 1,500 debris has formed, which can be monitored. “Probably, hundreds of thousands of smaller debris (which cannot be tracked) are also formed in orbit, the US military announced.
The BBC, for its part, notes that Kosmos 1408 was launched in 1982. It was intended for electronic intelligence and has not worked for many years.
According to estimates by General James Dickinson, from the US Space Command, because of the debris, international spacecraft, in particular, will have to maneuver more often to avoid space collisions.
Russia’s test of a satellite intercept missile with direct launch into orbit clearly shows that this country continues to work on anti-satellite systems. Such systems undermine the US strategic stability and pose a threat to all countries.
The US State Department previously said that the test of anti-satellite weapons of the Russian Federation, which poses a threat to the International Space Station (ISS).
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, in turn, also expressed concern about the Russian test of anti-satellite weapons. The biggest concern is the debris that is now in space and could pose a threat, like all other space debris.
Bulgarian Military.com / ABC Flash Point News 2021.