The article was written by Russian military expert Kirill Ryabov and it was originally posted on “Military Commentary”
The armed forces of the developed world are using space devices with different functions. The satellites in orbit are used for navigation, communication, reconnaissance and so on
Therefore, space devices become “priority search and destroy” targets of the enemy. Excluding at least a few satellites in a cluster could have very serious effects on the enemy’s military capabilities.
Anti-satellite weapons have been studied and designed in many different countries, and there has been some success in this area. However, all known systems of this class have only limited potential and are not capable of attacking all objects in orbit.
From the point of view of destructive methods and technology, an orbiting space device is not an easy target to destroy.
Most satellites move in a predictable orbit, which makes it easier to navigate weapons.
But with that, the orbits are at altitudes of at least a few hundred kilometers, and as such the satellite weapon needs to fulfill some special requirements in structure and tactical features.
So intercepting and destroying a space device is actually an extremely difficult one, and this one can be solved in a variety of ways.
One method against the satellites is to use the type of weapon “high radiation” with special features, capable of reaching the target even in orbit.
This is one of the earliest (anti-satellite) ideas, and quickly obtained some practical results. However, these combinations were not popular in the past due to their complexity and high cost.