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Has Russia been attempting to build a space-based nuclear weapon ?

By T.K. Randall
February 15, 2024 · Comment icon 33 comments
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Reports have been circulating this week concerning rumors of a Russian space-based nuclear weapons system.
Eyebrows were raised earlier this week when Representative Mike Turner, Republican chair of the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, spoke about a mysterious 'national security threat' and called on President Joe Biden to declassify pertinent information relating to it.

More specifically, he called it an "urgent matter with regard to a destabilizing foreign military capability."

It wasn't long before rumors of a Russian space-based nuclear weapon began circulating.

As things stand, however, confirmed details remain thin on the ground.
What we do know is that while the rumors seem to concern some form of space-based Russian weapon, it isn't necessarily clear that it is nuclear in nature.

It also seems that the weapon is intended more as a way to destroy or disable NATO satellites (something that would prove highly disruptive) rather than to attack surface targets from orbit.

White House officials have suggested that the matter is "serious" but it has also been emphasized that the general public should not be overly alarmed.

Russia has since moved to play down the rumors, describing them as a "malicious fabrication".

"It is obvious that the White House is trying, by hook or by crook, to encourage Congress to vote on a bill to allocate money, this is obvious," said spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Source: Sky News | Comments (33)

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Comment icon #24 Posted by DieChecker 2 months ago
And Biden was heard to say, "C'Mon Man! There ain't no radio stations up in space. That's why they call it space, there's nothing there...". Seriously though, I'd say the use if a space based weapon, against the US, or an ally, would be a trigger of a bigger engagement, and the Russians really can't handle that right now. I don't think they could even beat Poland, who we've armed so well. Sure, they got nukes, and other high end stuff, but they dare not use any of it. Any second front, or invasion of Russia by the west would be very hard for them to resist. It's I dictator Putins best interest... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by Tatetopa 2 months ago
Good chance we already knew about this, because every major power already has some satellite killers in orbit. Russia, the US and China already have hundreds  of nuclear missiles targeting each other, so a weapon aimed at the surface from space is not a big add to the hundreds already in place . There is a  good chance we don't want to declassify the info to protect the sources that gave it to us. So what did we get?  Looks like another gratuitous wave of fear from a party that is only capable of driving a mob by fear and incapable of governing in a real world. People in Congress getting Tw... [More]
Comment icon #26 Posted by jmccr8 2 months ago
Hi Qx Canada has been plagued? When did that happen?
Comment icon #27 Posted by Tatetopa 2 months ago
Why is this obvious?  It was a Republican Congressman who brought it up.  Not many Republicans are cooperating with the White House these days.  It seems obvious to me the Republicans need another fear sting the herd into a panic  Then Donald Trump will say "Only I can save you." and the mindless will cluster at his feet begging for salvation.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Myles 2 months ago
Similar to how the biden cult acts.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Tatetopa 2 months ago
Yeah, maybe. In what way are you thinking?  Here are a couple of things on my mind. You mean, desire for a secure border and  to fix immigration laws? Desire to decrease unemployment and inflation?. Desire to lay a construction groundwork  of infrastructure that our grandchildren can utilize? Desire to prevent foreign nations from stealing technical and industrial secrets? Desire to keep the United States at the top in the global economy and leading world policies by example rather than militarily strength?. Desire to proceed further with a government based on the Constitution, and equal ju... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by qxcontinuum 2 months ago
 9 years ago 
Comment icon #31 Posted by jmccr8 2 months ago
Hi Qx Care to expand on that, I live in Canada  and somehow seems that I missed it?
Comment icon #32 Posted by qxcontinuum 2 months ago
  Well it's about the shift in politics and attack over liberty and freedoms,  liberals and Trudeau have been displaying. Our voice and support towards USA, its politics and wordplay is drifting away. It is clear that there are insight movements, lobbysts and factors at play asking the government to rather stand with decions made by Eu many of which USA must veto. The most recent example is Canada joining Eu nations on their ask to not support Israel in its fight over Gaza's last terrorist stand. Another one was embracing the covid policies "recommanded" by "Whoho" to a such extend that no ... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by jmccr8 2 months ago
Hi Qx Hmm, well, I guess you must haves lost some liberties and freedoms if you think you did. Nothing has changed for me in the last 50 years unless I decided to change something in my life personally, I still am free to do what I do with no one saying anything so don't feel oppressed in anyway. I grew up in a high crime area so not sure how much influence immigration in the last few years has made and pretty sure if I stepped into a courthouse on any given day would still see that the majority of people there would be second or third generation whites and First Nations people. This country n... [More]

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