Britain will defend itself against Chinese and Russian space weapons during the biggest military shock since the Cold War, Defense Minister warns
- Ben Wallace said it would be a "swing away" from focusing on conventional warfare
- He will try to "operate more in the newest areas of space, cyber and underwater".
- It comes after Britain and the US accuse Russia of testing an anti-satellite weapon
Britain will take steps to protect itself from military threats from Russia and China in space through a comprehensive review of its defense, said Ben Wallace.
The defense minister said it would no longer focus on conventional warfare, but would "operate much more in the newest areas of space, cyber, and underwater."
His comments come after Britain and the US accused Russia of testing an anti-satellite weapon in space earlier this month.
Ben Wallace said the review would result in a shift from focusing on conventional warfare to "operating much more in the latest areas of space, cyber, and underwater."
Mr. Wallace wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that China is also "developing offensive space weapons," a move that has prompted Britain's most comprehensive defense capabilities review since the Cold War.
Mr. Wallace said the world is moving at an unprecedented pace and our defense has to move.
& # 39; Our opponents go further, lower and higher. The binary distinction between peace and war has disappeared, ”he said.
MPs have warned that the type of anti-satellite weapon that Russia is accused of could cripple the British systems. Russia dismissed the accusation as "propaganda".
Mr. Wallace wrote that in the face of changing traditional conflicts – with space, cyber and data the new battlefields – Britain must take action to "outwit our opponents with a sharper technological lead and a tireless focus on innovation".
His comments come after Britain and the United States accused Russia (pictured President Vladimir Putin) of testing an anti-satellite weapon in space earlier this month
The Russian Soyuz-2.1a launcher with the Progress MS-15 cargo spacecraft will launch from the launch pad on July 23, 2020 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
Russia's alleged anti-satellite weapons test has raised widespread concern. UKspace – the trade association for the British space industry – warns that such missiles could mean "the end of space" as people know and use it.
Echo from Reagan's "Star Wars" from 1983
When Ronald Reagan proposed a network of space lasers to turn off incoming nuclear missiles, the program was almost instantly called "Star Wars".
In 1983, he spoke to his nation on television saying the Strategic Defense Initiative was not an act of aggression, but a sign that the United States was ready to defend itself.
The two-year-old American leader asked, "What if free people could live safely knowing that their security was not based on the threat of immediate US retaliation to deter a Soviet attack, that we could intercept and destroy ballistic missiles before they did our reach our own soil or that of our allies? & # 39;
After the end of the Cold War, funds for the strategic defense initiative were cut. The system was reorganized and renamed several times.
The President of the United Kingdom, Will Whitehorn, told Today's program: "If you did actually shoot at other satellites, space would quickly become a field of massive fragments, and as you can imagine, it would be the end of space . "
Lieutenant General Sir Simon Mayall, former Deputy Chief of Defense, also called on the UK to take action against the development of anti-satellite weapons, explaining to the program: “The aftermath of a catastrophic space confrontation for every nation on earth because we rely on satellites are and will continue to be. & # 39;
Tensions between the UK and Russia have been high in recent weeks when the UK has launched new sanctions on Russians, accused Russian actors of interfering in last year's elections, and said Moscow has tried to interfere in vaccine research.
Regardless, the UK announced on Monday that it would suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong to escalate the dispute with China over the introduction of a national security law for the former British colony.
Earlier this month, PM Boris Johnson ordered Huawei Technologies devices in China to be completely removed from the UK 5G network by the end of 2027.
China – once courted as the main source of investment for British infrastructure projects – has accused the United Kingdom of having traveled to the United States.
Johnson should also revise the UK's treason laws to counter the threats posed by China and Russia.
The move is likely to include a new law on treason, a new law on espionage, and a revision of the law on official secrets.
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