The U.S. Military Was Instantly Aware Of India’s Satellite Missile Test

The U.S. military’s early caution and surveillance network in recent time detected India’s anti-missile launch targeted at one of its satellites in the lower Earth orbit. Lt. General David D. Thompson—Vice Commander of AFSPC (Air Force Space Command)—stated, “Our unit was aware regarding the test.” After the launch was noticed, “We instantly started providing notice to satellite operatives,” Thompson stated during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Armed Services’ regarding strategic forces. The anti-satellite weapon trial conducted by India’s DRDO (Defense Research and Development Organization) was titled “Mission Shakti.” A missile hurled from the ground crashed into a satellite at a height of about 300 Kilometers.

Thompson failed to specify the precise elevation as it may be classified. He stated that the ISS (International Space Station) was not at jeopardy. The topic was raised during the hearing by the subcommittee’s member Senator Martin Heinrich who asked Thompson regarding the risk that such trials may position to the U.S. and associated satellites. Thompson asserted the 11th SWS (Space Warning Squadron) at BAFB (Buckley Air Force Base), Colorado, noticed the launch. The NSDC (National Space Defense Center) along with the 18th SPCS (Space Control Squadron) also supported the effort. Concerning a threat in the space, he stated, “No other nation, military, or civil agency could have characterized, detected, and warned.”In reply to Heinrich’s query if the U.S. DoD (Department of Defense) backed a “code of conduct” for the space maneuvers, Kenneth Rapuano—Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security—stated the Pentagon is “engaged in talks internationally.”

On a similar note, the set to offer India a substitute for Russian S-400 missile defense system. Reportedly, the U.S. is functioning with India to provide with an alternative to the Russian S-400 Triumf missile defense system, as reported by Randall Schriver, Assistant Defense Secretary. But he left open the option that Washington might not punish New Delhi about the $5.4 Billion Moscow deal.

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