(ORDO NEWS) — The US government has said it will no longer test anti-satellite weapons.
In a public statement during a visit to Vandenberg Space Force Base, Vice President Kamala Harris reiterated that the policy’s primary purpose is to set an example for other nations.
This represents an important step towards establishing “space norms” that all nations must follow.
Anti-missile weapons appeared in the early years of the Cold War. According to the Naval Institute’s Guide to World Naval Weapons Systems, ASAT weapons were designed for strategic and tactical military purposes.
Satellites have long been used by the military to navigate, communicate and gather information about enemy movements and activities through sophisticated satellite imagery: spy satellites.
Although anti-missile weapons have never been used in actual combat, China, India, Russia and the United States have demonstrated their capabilities in this direction.
These weapons have so far been used by these countries only in tests against their own targets – decommissioned satellites.
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