PLA poses risk to Western spy satellites

By destroying one of its own FY-1C weather satellites on Jan. 12 of 2007, China successfully proved that it is on a par with both the United States and Russia in the development of anti-satellite weapons system, according to Russian Military Analysis, a Moscow-based website covering defense issues, in a report on Feb. 13.

The Russian News Agency, also known as TASS, was informed by a source from the Chinese government that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) were successful on their third attempt to hit the defunct satellite, located 864 kilometers away from the surface of the Earth. This made China the third nation in the world to be capable of shooting down an enemy satellite after the United States and Russia, but the exercise met with condemnation in the West.

Full article: PLA poses risk to Western spy satellites (Want China Times)

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