The US has accused Russia of testing of ASAT weapons in space
Space command, the U.S. accused Russia of holding the July tests in space of anti-satellite weapons, according to the official statement of the command.
"Space command of the United States has evidence that Russia has carried out non-destructive tests anti-satellite space weapons," - said in a statement.
According to American data, July 15, from the Sputnik "Kosmos-2543" separated other object in the directory Space command of the United States is identified by a number 45915.
On the website spacetrack.org - the dedicated website of the U.S. air force, which provides open information object 45915 given special attention. The information that 18 squadron space surveillance USAF tracking an object in orbit, located in the upper part of the site. There you can obtain information about its location.
As stated by the us military, the launch of the "object" was held next to another Russian satellite. It is noted that these tests are similar to the situation in 2017 and is not similar to testing of the satellite inspector.
The fifteenth of July, the Ministry of defense of Russia really said about the testing of the latest small satellite inspector, with which close-range surveyed other domestic apparatus. The situation in 2017, the U.S. military remembered in connection with the launch in June of the same year the Russian satellite platform "Space-2519", which in August separated the small space vehicle. In the catalog of the U.S. air force's second satellite named "Kosmos-2521".
This is not the first accusation against Russia on the part of Raymond in little more than six months in office. John Raymond was appointed commander of the Space command of the United States in January 2020. Force itself was established on 20 December 2019.
Time magazine, in which, as in the official report of the Space command, published the words of Raymond, said that supposedly issued the shell of the satellite "Cosmos-2543" in December 2019 was separated from the satellite vehicle, "Space-2542", and in January both satellites is close to the American spacecraft USA 245, also known as KH-11 satellite intelligence system Keyhole/CRYSTAL. The publication Time in February 2019 Raymond called this neighborhood "persecution". After that, the Russian foreign Ministry in the person of the Ministry Deputy Sergei Ryabkov said that Russia has received from the United States the signals on the situation with the convergence of satellites, prepares answers to them. At the same time, Ryabkov recalled that Russia quite some time takes the initiative to conclude a binding international agreement on the inadmissibility of placement of strike weapons in space.