Russia Is Already Training for Space Warfare

Monday, 27 November 2017 - 3:26PM
Monday, 27 November 2017 - 3:26PM
Russia Is Already Training for Space Warfare
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The wars of the future won't just be fought by laser-firing fighter jets and soldiers in bomb-resistant Terminator suits—they'll be fought in space. And Russia is already fast at work training its troops to wage combat in the final frontier.

Russia has begun training its troops for war in space, chairman of Russia's Federation Council Defense and Security Committee Viktor Bondarev recently announced.
Bondarev recently explained that the current conflict in Syria indicates that "all future wars will be fought not only in the air, but also in space."
Bondarev said that Russia has spent the past two years mastering "the skill of fighting wars in a new way," and that whatever branch of the Russian armed forces takes the lead, fighting in space will receive "priority," adding that technology would be the key deciding factor in who wins future wars, and that "it is clear that resisting the means of modern warfare with just rifles and machineguns will be practically impossible."

Reconnaissance, control of airspace and the targeting of missiles from space will all be important roles in those situations, Bondarev said.
Word that Russia is already preparing for war in space isn't too surprising.

In the last year alone, Russia's boasted of creating a tank so sophisticated that it can run on Mars, combat gear that can supposedly withstand a nuclear blast, and, most recently, a bomb-resistant combat suit, that, let's be honest, looks pretty badass. 

These developments appear to be in line with what has been military strategy by Russia, which in August 2015 combined its Air Force and its Aerospace Defense Force to form the Aerospace Forces. Responsible for contending with threats in the atmosphere, the branch's Russian Federation Defense Ministry explains it's also accountable for "observing and detecting threats against Russia happening as in as from space," and "meeting such threats." 
The Russian aircraft company United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is also reportedly working on "the creation of a complex fighter aircraft that would answer all challenges of the 21st century, Including battles in near space," reports the Pravda Report
Future Russian planes will allegedly feature artificial intelligence and will possess hypersonic engines that could theoretically move a fighter plane at speed from 5,000 to 8,000 miles an hour and perform combat missions in near-Earth orbits.

Russian Deputy Minister of Defense Yuri Borisov explains that in the field of hypersonic speeds, Russia tech is on the same level as what exists in other nations, and that his nation intends to wield hypersonic weaponry by 2020-2022, starting with anti-aircraft ordnance.

He also stated that the UAC "has the plans to create various versions of aviation means with the help of hypersonic technologies, but this issue is still a matter for them."
Russia Is Already Training for Space Warfare