Lasers in space: France joins anti-satellite arms race
French Defense Ministry plans to put into orbit new generation satellites equipped with machine guns and laser weapons by 2030.
Florence Parley, Minister of the Armed Forces, announced that the country’s space defense program will be allocated annually from the budget €700 million, and by 2025 more than €4.3 billion. This money will go to modernize the existing network of military communications satellites, the development of innovative combat orbiters and the creation of the Air Force Space Operations Center in Toulouse.
Engineers will equip new satellites with cameras to identify opponents, and the next generation will be armed with automated machine guns and lasers that can not only damage, but also destroy enemy targets.
In addition to In 2030, the French Ministry of Defense wants to be able to launch a swarm of nanosatellites with various active or passive cargoes into orbit, capable of protecting strategic objects. The program also provides for the development of a system for the rapid launch of new satellites to replace the lost.
Florence Parley says the ultimate goal is not to develop an offensive strategy, but to provide active defenses for self-defense. According to her, thanks to space forces, France will be able to respond to hostile acts from other countries, if any. At the same time, the program will not contradict the Outer Space Treaty, which explicitly prohibits the use of nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction..
Recall that the Pentagon wants to create robots to repair satellites right in space.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: AFP, pics.utro