China is building an array of high-technology space arms – anti-satellite missiles, lasers, GPS jammers and killer satellites – that Beijing says will give its military strategic advantage in a future conflict with the United States.
The People’s Liberation Army now has the capability of attacking, destroying or disrupting the 500 US satellites circling the earth at heights of between 1,200 miles and 22,000 miles, according to a new study by a US think tank, the National Institute for Public Policy.
The report, on “Foreign Space Capabilities,” also reveals that China’s military has discussed plans for using space detonations of nuclear weapons to create electronics-killing Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attacks against orbiting satellites used by militaries for precision weapons targeting, navigation and communications.
“China will increasingly be able to hold at risk US satellites in all orbits and is developing a multi-dimensional ASAT [anti-satellite] capability supporting its anti-access/area denial strategies, with its most recent ASAT activities appearing to be focused on the refinement of its kinetic space weapons,” says the report, authored by Steve Lambakis, a former space warfare expert with the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency.
The report identifies other military space powers, such as Russia, but it singles out China for its large investment in building and fielding robust space warfare capabilities designed to support Beijing’s drive to challenge American information superiority and achieve regional and global hegemony.
Beijing views reliance on foreign satellite capabilities, such as GPS navigation satellites, as facilitating foreign domination that must not be permitted to continue. Thus it has invested billions in its space programs, including 19 Beidou orbiting navigation satellites, with plans for 16 more that will assist the PLA in expanding its global presence and long-range strike weapons.
The Chinese military’s prime objective is to deny the US access to the Indo-Pacific region. Military operations supporting that goal would begin with attacks aimed at destroying and disrupting command and control capabilities, including “cyber and kinetic attacks on satellites and ground assets,” the report says.
“With this range of direct-ascent ASAT capabilities, China may be capable of using hit-to-kill technologies to target and destroy surveillance satellites in low earth orbit, GPS satellites in medium earth orbit, and early warning satellites in geosynchronous orbit”
While it has been quietly a space weapons program, Beijing continues to promote the notion that it believes only in using space for peaceful purposes. However, the creation of the new Strategic Support Force in late 2015 was a clear indication that the PLA is gearing up for cyber, electronic and space warfare in a future conflict.
The array of its space weapons is impressive. China currently deploys two mobile ground-based ASAT interceptor missiles systems and is working on two more larger and more advanced ASAT systems based on the use of four-stage mobile space launchers or intercontinental ballistic missiles, including the new large DF-41 ICBM.
“With this range of direct-ascent ASAT capabilities, China may be capable of using hit-to-kill technologies to target and destroy surveillance satellites in low earth orbit, GPS satellites in medium earth orbit, and early warning satellites in geosynchronous orbit,” the report says.
On the subject of nuclear EMP attacks, the report says a single warhead used in an ASAT role could “decimate” low altitude satellites.
A Chinese official has threatened to stage EMP nuclear attacks in any future conflict over Taiwan, along with a space nuclear blast 700 miles to the east of Taiwan to keep US forces at bay.
Signs of experimental space weapons include the May 2013 launch by China of a space object into geosynchronous orbit – where critical US early warning, intelligence and communications satellites are located.
“Such a system also could place a kinetic kill vehicle in the path of satellites in medium earth orbit where GPS satellites operate, or in highly elliptical orbit where US infrared missile detection and warning satellites operate,” the report says.
Another new Chinese space weapon is maneuvering satellites, like the small Chinese satellite that triggered alarm bells at the Pentagon by maneuvering close to the International Space Station.
The Chinese are believed to have three ASAT-capable vehicles currently orbiting space, and future systems could include orbiting electronic jammers, small satellites with robotic arms, laser beam weapons, and exploding satellites.
A review of Chinese military literature over the past several years highlights Beijing’s work on space warfare capabilities.
A 2013 technical report, “Research on the Voidness of GPS,” identified GPS satellites as key factors used in guiding 80% of the bombs dropped during the 2003 Persian Gulf War.
That study revealed that China could significantly reduce the navigation accuracy of American precision-guided weapons over specific areas by attacking two groups of four GPS satellites each.
“Eliminating two groups of GPS satellites can prevent GPS satellites from providing navigation service around the clock,” the study said.
Another example is the December 2012 report on “Space Cyber Warfare,” which outlined the use of digital means in space conflict.
“A space cyber-attack is carried out using space technology and methods of hard kill and soft kill,” the report said. “It ensures its own control at will while at the same time uses cyberspace to disable, weaken, disrupt, and destroy the enemy’s cyber actions or cyber installations.”
“Space-to-space, space-to-air, space-to-ground conflicts will become unavoidable. In future wars, once one loses the support of the space system, that is equal to losing the initiative in war”
The attacks involved jamming communications links and electronic attacks using “pulsed electromagnetic weapons.”
Other means are network electromagnetic jamming technology, network access technology, hacker invasion, information deception and jamming techniques, virus infection spreading, permeability attack, and denial of service attack techniques.
A 2011 report identified high-powered microwave weapons as one of three types of Chinese-directed energy attacks for use against satellites. Microwave bursts provide “stealthiness, high efficiency, wide strike range, and immunity to effects of the surrounding environment.”
Perhaps the most sober call for space warfare was outlined in a February 2014 published by the PLA’s General Armaments Department on building strategic space power.
“Outer space has become a major arena of rivalry between major powers and a new commanding height in the international strategic contention, and space power has become [the] decisive power for checking crises, winning wars, safeguarding national rights and interests in the new century,” the report said. “Quickening the building of space power is of great strategic significance.”
China has blamed the US X-37B space plane that it claims is America’s future space warfare weapon, for spurring its efforts. The unpiloted space drone has been tested in orbit for at least five years and its missions remain secret.
“In future wars, space contention will become more intense,” the report warns. “Space-to-space, space-to-air, space-to-ground conflicts will become unavoidable. In future wars, once one loses the support of the space system, that is equal to losing the initiative in war.”
China is preparing for a future space conflict and its weapons and capabilities are formidable. To maintain the peace in space, the US, along with other Asian states, must develop their own counterspace forces to deter future conflicts from spreading to these commanding heights.
Very good. Something to be feared I hope.
Nuke China now and then everyone will sleep bc tight
Patton was correct.
DO it now President Trump.
Go China, the whole world is with you.
You are a piece of dumb pathological shyt….
China, the world’s next superpower
We are behind you China, we are tired of US oppression.
now everybody will do the same they who are threatened will bind together to counter such threat he he
India must fear this.
The lesson obviously is not to go to war with China. The art of war is part of chinese culture. The chinese understand fully that war means death and destruction of innocent people, their lives and avoid war as far as possible.
If anyone thinks that they can wage war with impunity against China now, they will be punished most severely.
Trump, The most Silly Person in Human History.
And the most dishonorable….
Sir, you might forgotten that all in the world are far behind in technology to the US, this recent years only China have all this capabilities, while the US 1980’s have all this armanent. Therefore, all of this technologies the US have already completed there needed arms for the coming warfare. isn’t it?
I don’t mind if China and US will obliterate each other
US hegemony over the world is coming to an end. Nothing last forever! With US out of world stage the mankind will at last find some much needed peace and prosperity.
World has seen lot of atrocities committed by US assisted by Westren countries with a disabled UNO behind every move.There must be some power to stop this.So is bound to happen.
God will destroy the World with fire, China the mighty dragon.
just now!!!!! us has already in position.usa is already there.so whats is new for that ?ofcourse the chinese needs to catch up.but in reality in terms of quality im not yet convinced.
Ronnie Pendon i agree.
who will replace us!!!china i dont think so….usa control the world.if the world is using remimbi already and thats the time you can say that america is already defeated.for as long as we are using the dollars.america still the no one dictating the pace.
William Bundoc Only time will tell as the history shows the great empires have arisen and fallen.I don’t know about the western countries but for the rest of the world I think China would be much better than US. American hegemony has brought nothing but wars, conflicts, famines and the rest of it upon mankind!!
Albert Einstien is said have replied when asked what will happen in event of the 3rd. world war in this statement." I don’t know about 3rd. world war but I can surely tell you that there will be no 4th. world war and no victor".
it is not GOD that will destroy the world with fire but human itself will destroy it’s world as mention in the bible and that is the forthcoming man against man,nuclear war to obliterate the earth itself
US technology was undisputably ahead in the 1980s but its ships and planes are old and in various states of disrepair. It does not have a decent anti ship missile. China’s missiles outrange and are faster than US missiles. Planes based on US carriers have only a range of 800km and are far outanged by China’s missiles with a range of 2000km as well as the new J20. China also has more advanced diesel attack submarines. USN competence is suspect as evident from the multiple ship collisions with commercial vessels. There is little doubt that US cannot win sea battles in the South China Sea and their bases in the region and Guam can all be destroyed quite easily.
China tries to avoid war but its forces are mainly defensive but definitely are superior in the South China Sea and Pentagon knows this well.
Bill, skewed journalists like you are threat to development of the world.
Wise Moyo And you think China will behave differently?
Josphat Muita anything is better than american barbarity and uncontrollable bloodletting
What are the need for all these; world super power or whatever, well, I have no problem, keep investing heavily on the destruction of humanity and desolation of the mother earth, whatever human mind can conceive can be produced, one day it will happen, but all I know is that there will be no victor, all will be vanquished because everyone is getting sophisticated and can let the hell loose. (MOST TIMES LOWER ANIMALS WE CALL THEM – ARE BETTER THAN US HUMANS THE SELF ACCLAIMED HIGHER ANIMALS)
My friend the world is not He, He …Our world is full of life and beauty..it is an inexpressible beauty, a beauty of life and all that surrounds us is filled with vitality, zest, vigor of life which is our basis of our existence and lets us all strive to live in harmony as a human beings, and to do all that may bring a just and lasting peace among ourselves!
Tandin Shunya Wangdi thats your wish that is what we hope for.. but be realistic it is not happening right now.. the world is ready to self destruct
reply to @asiatimesonline
“100 years later, the Americans will be grateful to their ancestors Acting on Mr. Lu’s Truth !＝China’s Nuclear Arsenal is Sword of Damocles over the West, and if We Fail to Get the Job Done, the next generation will Pay by Death!
I am always here, https://twitter.com/lu_dong1955/with_replies
If China destorys US satellites, US will destroy China’s also. It is not a oneway game. Read: https://gijotimesblog.wordpress.com/
Moses ‘Maximilian’ Ogharandukun Tell that to the Tibetans, brother!
My friend there is no bigger spoilt brat than US. The white lion shall roar no more because the yellow Dragon will thunder! the message of peace and equality on earth!
It takes a dumb Vietnamese to utter such BS .
Too late anyway.
Vietnamese like you can take anything from the US. Up front and from behind with no Vaseline.
Too late you dumb wit.
Philip Bracq another left wing MF?
No, what an Anti-Asian thing to say. You will not find much support for your disgusting comment and no, not everyone will sleep well. A lot of countries and individuals interact and do business with China- from social, friendly to making money and getting better off. China makes it possible to avoid bloodshed, wars and chaos and doesn’t topple governments with their loans, infrastructure, business dealings and promotion of peaceful, economic and educational development around the world.
From Africa to the Middle East to Asia, China promotes peaceful cooperation and development over war and human tragedies and you want to end the good? What a disgusting animal.
Even Vietnam is made better off because of peaceful trade with China instead of war :p
Ken Nguyen In addition, the US has a severe underfunding and quality problem with public schools & taxpayer funded training institutions such military/naval academies. The recent destroyer ship collisions in Asian waters that happened so many times in a month was the result of poor training and discipline.
Even with the Trump & Repub approved military budget increase that further takes money away from Education/Dept of Social and Health services/infrastructure development/etc it’s still throwing money away because America has too many bases & military hardware scattered all over the world that none of the funding is focused so quality suffers like trying to perform an oil change on a 1000 cars with only 1 quart of motor oil.
array of high-technology space arms Beijing has posssible militarystrategic advantage over United States.
For way to LONG the American elite (who really run America behind the curtain) thought that the Chinese were a bunch of poor,uneducated Communist Chinks and looked at them with disdain——–the Chinks will make the trinkets for the American consumer for peanuts compared to the cost to be made in America——and we elites will become so so rich——-RIGHT. The only problem with this foolish thinking was the Chinese were not on board with this concept and here we are in 2017 crying in our milk———-oh——–the Chinese are this big threat———well———why didn’t you figure that out before you gave the Chinese leadership the "Keys to the Kingdom" The Middle Kingdom continues to March Forward!!
India is a coming superpower. we will crush China.
Joe Burns everyone who has kept tract of Trump’s recent trip to Asia is aware that it was Trump who was kissing Xi’s ass. Pay attention.
America is much more likely to be nuked….thank god.
Comments are closed.