China, Russia pose challenge to U.S space capabilities: Pentagon


China and Russia have developed robust and capable space services and the two countries pose a challenge and threat to the space capabilities of the U.S, the Pentagon has said.

Chinese and Russian military doctrines indicate they view space as important to modern warfare and counterspace capabilities as a means to reduce U.S and allied military effectiveness, the Pentagon said in a report released by the Defense Intelligence Agency.

The report 'Challenges to Security in Space' examines the space and counterspace programmes that could challenge the U.S or partner interests in the space domain.

Noting that both countries have developed robust and capable space services, including space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, the report said China and Russia were making improvements to existing systems including space launch vehicles and satellite navigation constellations.

"These capabilities provide their militaries with the ability to command and control their forces worldwide with enhanced situational awareness, enabling them to monitor, track and target U.S and allied forces," it said.

(with news agency inputs)