Report Suggests Russia Is Developing Space Weapons

6 March 2009

A deputy defense minister said Thursday that Russia is working towards developing anti-satellite weapons to match efforts by other nations.

According to Russian news reports, Gen. Valentin Popovkin said that while the country continues to oppose a space arms race, it would respond to moves made by other countries.

Popovkin was quoted as saying: “We can’t sit back and quietly watch others doing that, such work is being conducted in Russia.”

He added that Russia already has some “basic, key elements” of such weapons. However, he didn’t elaborate further …