Its experts said the Kremlin's military push to use weapons in space puts "US and Allied space assets at serious risk".
press release, US Space Command said its researchers have "evidence that
Russia conducted a non-destructive test of a space-based anti-satellite
15, "Russia injected a new object into orbit from Cosmos 2543", it
a Russian satellite which was earlier this year located looming close to an
Command said that "Russia released this object in proximity to another
threatening action was "similar to on-orbit activity conducted by Russia
in 2017, and inconsistent with the system's stated mission as an inspector
Russian satellite system used to conduct this on-orbit weapons test is the same
satellite system that we raised concerns about earlier this year, when Russia
manoeuvred near a US government satellite," said Gen. John "Jay"
Raymond, Commander and US Space Force Chief of Space Operations.
added: "This is further evidence of Russia's continuing efforts to develop
and test space-based systems.
[it's] consistent with the Kremlin's published military doctrine to employ
weapons that hold US and Allied space assets at risk."
State Department raised concerns in 2018, and again this year, that Russian
satellite behaviours were inconsistent with their stated mission.
warned that these satellites showed signs of a space-based weapon.
to the department, Russia's space conduct is "concerning".
Christopher Ford, the US Assistant Secretary of State, said it highlighted
"Russia's hypocritical advocacy of outer space arms control".
accused Moscow of "aiming to restrict the capabilities of the US while
clearly having no intention of halting its own counterspace programme - both
ground-based anti-satellite capabilities and what would appear to be actual
in-orbit anti-satellite weaponry."
Command said: "Last week's test is another example that the threats to US
and Allied space systems are real, serious and increasing."
Raymond said the US and its Allies were "ready and committed to deterring
aggression and defending the nation, our Allies and vital US interests from
hostile acts in space."
Command is America's combatant hub for space matters.