Britain’s ‘Space Force’ Prepares to Send Jet Fighters to Take Down Satellites

Following in the footsteps of former President Trump’s new U.S. Space Force (USSF), the UK has created its own ‘Space Command.’ As part of this fledgling space warfighting effort, Air Commodore Paul Godfrey – a seasoned Typhoon fighter pilot – was recently appointed as its first chief.

And to quickly give the new Space Command real military space capabilities, it could soon be sending Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon jet fighters to the “edge of space” to practice destroying enemy satellites. Russia and China have already developed ground, air and sea-based Anti-Satellite (ASAT) missiles capable of destroying critical GPS and communications satellites, but Britain has been lagging.

As reported by the Express:

While the UK does not yet possess anti-satellite missiles, the US has had the technology since the 1980s, when one was fired from a fighter jet to down an old weather satellite. Russia has now demonstrated two types of space weapons: direct-ascent anti-satellite missiles which launch from the ground, and a space-based system said last year to have been fired from another satellite. Last year the Pentagon confirmed China already has ground-based missiles that can hit satellites moving in “low Earth orbit.”

In response, RAF sources say it would be “folly not to explore fully the capabilities required for satellite denial.” The Express continued by explaining how the UK intends to do it:

[British] “Top Gun” fighter pilots have been selected for training missions aimed at combating Chinese and Russian military and communication satellites in times of war. Simulated exercises are set to get under way before flying training exercises take place. Training flights without missiles would see Typhoon pilots fly to 40,000ft before embarking on a 20,000ft vertical climb. During a real-life attack they would target enemy satellites and release anti-satellite (ASAT) missiles at 60,000ft, before returning.

What ASAT missiles would the British use? For now, they would likely be American. The US’s SM-3 anti-satellite missiles can be mounted under the wings of RAF Typhoons, but they would require added training.

As reported by the Express, Justin Bronk, at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) think tank in London, said: “But even if the UK acquired SM-3s, because of their length they would have to be fitted under the wings of Typhoons which may cause an issue with weight distribution.”

Mr Bronk added: “It’s not an insurmountable problem but it certainly makes sense to use Typhoon simulators – where Typhoons fly up to 40,000ft before pulling up to get a zoom climb to 60,000ft – in order to clear the asymmetry issues.”

However, he continued: “The benefits of having ASAT based on a ship or plane is that you can fire it from wherever you want. “It doesn’t take a Typhoon long to reach the equator.”

Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Disgusted Elder
2 months ago

Sadly,a “sat” mounted particle beam , or laser system could destroy those planes on their climb out.

john vieira
2 months ago

Took the “brass” a goodly while to figure out that cavalry was no match for tanks…

Geno Bouwens
2 months ago

Where will this all end? It sounds scary to me and a very slippery slope once we move in that direction. However let me for a moment entertain the blowing CNN and MSNBC the hell out of existence. LOL!

Joey Baloney
Joey Baloney
2 months ago

great – if they break up satellites in orbit the debris field will be there forever.

Patrick
2 months ago
Reply to  Joey Baloney

Its already there!!!!

Nonips
Nonips
2 months ago

Don’t blame them everyone is spying on everyone not good that’s why we need a great space force and the best ever Military get these sissy’s out of the Armed Military and these freaks that are more of a problem than help

Nonips
Nonips
2 months ago

Another Traitor Treasonous communist in office hope you idiots are happy know giving America away to these criminals communist politicians we need NO more politicians only Americans that believe in America our Constitution as Written, and America First no money to the UN no money to any country that is against us and ever spare dime from this used to Secure America in all ways possible from best military to space and re due our grid not just one but back up back ups


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