France’s Space Command says allied partnership making real strides, offers explanation for Russia/China ASAT strikes

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The head of France’s Space Command said the United States appears to have made space-capacity alliances an especially high priority and said Russia and China may calculate that anti-satellite strikes are in their interest even if they are threatening their own orbital assets.

Gen. Michel Friedling also said France was aware in advance that Russia was planning to destroy one of its own satellites with a ground-based missile, enabling France and other allied nations to follow the Nov. 15 strike.

“We knew . . .

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