British Air Force head urges to prepare for fight with Putin in space

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UNITED KINGDOM (VOP TODAY NEWS) – The Armed Forces of Great Britain should be ready for Russian attacks in space. This statement was made Chief of Staff of the Royal Air Force Steven Hillier, writes The Times.

According to the official, if Moscow “was ready to commit a chemical attack in Salisbury”, then it is capable of destroying the satellites on which London depends.

The Armed Forces of Great Britain should be ready to fight against Russia in space. With such a warning made Chief of Staff of the Royal Air Force Steven Hillier, writes The Times.

In his speech on the centenary of the formation of the British Air Force, the official noted that his country “relies more on space than ever before to ensure security and prosperity.” After all, the society, industry, government structures and the army of the Foggy Albion depend on the communication channels provided by the satellites.

If Moscow was “ready to commit a chemical attack in Salisbury,” it could challenge international norms that prohibit the use of cyberattacks, laser beams, or electronic suppression to destroy valuable spacecraft. As a result, the ability of the United Kingdom Armed Forces to control fighter planes, warships and submarines will be undermined, Hillier asserts.

According to him, for the last half-century England considered the cosmos a “free good”, but now everything has changed. The reason is the development of space weapons by a number of countries, including the United States, China and Russia.

“I do not predict, so to speak, a war in outer space. But I see that our use of space is disputed, and we are trying to deprive certain opportunities,” said Hillier. He added that London needs to prepare for the fact that he will have to deal with this kind of threats.

The Royal Air Force is going to double the size of the center of space operations. The funding of this program is part of a broader review of national defense, which was published on the British government’s website the day before. The document describes a new approach, which implies the interaction of all state bodies – from the army, police and intelligence services to soft power representatives, including the World Service of the BBC, the British Council, economic and diplomatic instruments.

One of the directions is to strengthen the fight against Russia’s “misinformation operations” in social networks and other communication channels. This “element of the war” was used to sow doubts about Moscow’s involvement in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, the publication asserts.

In the case of Skripal, London operatively shared with its allies “an unprecedented level of intelligence” to convince them of Russia’s guilt. This helped launch the largest collective expulsion of “Russian spies” in history, concludes The Times.