Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned Romania and Poland they could find themselves in the sights of Russian rockets because they are hosting elements of a US missile shield that Moscow considers a threat to its security.
Never mind that this is a blatantly bogus beef and a naked threat. The defensive missile shield cannot, by its very nature, be a threat to any naiotn other than one that’s planning an offensive attack. Sort of like Russia already has done to Georgia and Ukraine at gunpoint, and to the Baltic States—each of the three—with cyber attacks.
Putin is beginning to act on his threats, too, thereby confirming the need for a missile shield.
Russia conducted a successful flight test of a developmental anti-satellite missile on Wednesday that is capable of destroying satellites in orbit, American defense officials said.
The launch marks another major milestone for Moscow’s efforts to develop weapons capable of destroying US navigation, communications, and intelligence satellites, a key strategic advantage.
This was a direct ascent missile firing, too. A direct ascent shot means the missile did not have to orbit and then close with the target satellite; it could go from launch straight to satellite attack and impact. This sort of attack takes hours off the launch to destruct time.
But, of course, this represents no threat to us. Mm, mm.