The US and Britain have accused Russia of launching a weapon-like projectile into space.
The head of the British Space Agency said in a statement that they are concerned about how Russia is testing one of its satellites by firing a projectile appearing to be like a weapon. The statement goes on to say that such actions threaten the peaceable use of space.
In the same statement, Air Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth said the incidence can be risk as it can cause debris that might be hazardous to space objects and satellites that are serving the world.
He asked Russia to avoid further tests of this kind. He also urged Russia to continue working constructively with Britain and other partners to promote responsible behavior in space.
While this is the first time that the UK has made allegations about Russian test fires in space after the ICS report has concluded that Britain has underestimated the threat posed by Russia.
It has been claimed that the incident will increase concern about a new arms race in space as other nations are investigating technologies that could be used as weapons in space.
Earlier, the U.S. government had raised concerns about the Russian satellite, and for this incident, they have labeled the same case that it raised in 2018. The US accused Russia of maneuvering near its satellite in space.
Gen Jay Raymond, the head of the US space command, also responded to the recent incident, saying there was evidence that Russia had conducted a non-destructive test of a space-borne anti-satellite weapon.
He added that Russia had injected a new object into orbit from a satellite. This is further evidence that Russia is continually making efforts to develop and test space-based systems, and is in line with the military doctrine published by the Kremlin to use weapons that risk US and Allied space assets.
This Russian test of what the Americans call an anti-satellite weapon is part of a pattern of recent Russian space activity. In February, the US military announced that two Russian satellites were maneuvering near an American satellite, and in April Moscow fired a ground-based interceptor.
Only four countries, the United States, Russia, China and India have demonstrated anti-satellite capabilities in the past few decades. Anti-satellite warheads were carried high by airplanes or missiles, and satellites were also illuminated by lasers.
Moscow also clearly wants to use one satellite to kill another. Interest in such weapons is growing as we rely on satellites for a variety of purposes including information gathering, communication, navigation, and early warning.
There is no treaty that prohibits or limits such weapons through multiple countries that have opted for an agreement to do just that.
From a military point of view, space has already become the new frontier, as several countries organize specific commands in their armed forces to deal with both the defensive and the offensive aspects of protecting their essential space-based systems.