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Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force David Goldfein, made a statement that suggests the resuscitation of the legendary American program "Star Wars".



Speaking at the Symposium of the Air Force Association in Orlando, he announced that the war in space was a matter of the near future.

“I believe that we will strike from space in a few years. And we are the arm of the army, which must lead the joint hostilities in this new contested territory. This is what the country requires, ”the Air Force Chief of Staff said, adding that the United States needs to achieve superiority in outer space.

This is not to say that this performance was especially unexpected. In November of last year, Chief Goldfein, US Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, during a briefing at the Pentagon, announced that her agency was going “to consider space as a space for conducting military operations.”

“We are promoting modernization in the field of space in order to increase our power in all areas of our activities,” the minister said at the time.

However, we recall that at the end of December 2017, space launches in the interests of the US military were at risk. This happened due to the fact that SpaceX, United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR), the US aerospace companies, which carried out orders to launch military satellites, allowed numerous, sometimes catastrophic disruptions in work.

To this we can add that, according to American experts, cited in The Wall Street Journal, technical and financial problems will force the Pentagon to use Russian RD-180 rocket engines at least until the middle of the next decade, that is, several years longer than originally intended. .

Also in the United States is not being conducted and is not even planned (at least until today), the development of shock weapons for action from space. Moreover, experiments of this kind are prohibited by congress. Such today there are prerequisites for American "space superiority."

At the same time, it should be noted that the statement by Goldfein referred to us in the 80-s of the last century, and to the Star Wars program or Star Wars or Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), which was then proclaimed by the Reagan administration.

She suggested the creation of a missile defense system, the main part of which should be the most powerful lasers placed on orbital satellites. This utopian, unrealizable project, among other things, had to force the USSR to recognize Star Wars as the greatest threat, and start spending huge amounts of money on countering the mythical danger.

Unfortunately, the Soviet leadership ignored the opinion of Russian science about the categorical impossibility of creating such a system, and fell for this American bait. Huge funds were wasted, causing enormous damage to the USSR, which may have been one of the reasons for the “perestroika” and the collapse of the country that followed it.

So the current declaration may be a prelude to a noisy propaganda campaign around the next American “miracle weapon”, in order to draw our country into the next arms race, force it to fight ghosts and overrun in this pursuit.

Although, hoping to lure Russia a second time into the same trap a second time is probably somewhat naive.
In addition, behind a statement about the impending war in space, there may be the desire of the US Air Force command to extract additional funding for its own, more realistic projects.

Note that the budget of the US Air Force for space programs this year is 7,75 billion dollars, which is 20% more than in 2017. Next year, this item of expenditure is planned to increase to 8,5 billion.

Air Force Minister Wilson, speaking of the increase in allocations, noted that additional investments could go to the "cost-effective modernization" of space development. Sounds somewhat mysterious. However, if we look at the experience of the PIO, we can recall that, not having achieved the initially stated goals, it brought big dividends to the Americans, not only geopolitical ones. Within the framework of the “space wars” program, a lot of interesting research was carried out, a lot of advanced developments were created, and new technologies were mastered, which formed a big foundation for the development of the high-tech sector of the American economy in the 90 years. And it is quite possible to recognize such modernization with all grounds as “economically viable”.

SOI was not only an experimental platform, but also a profitable business project, funded by the US allies, on a “voluntary - coercive” basis.

Most likely, the performance of David Goldfein and should be considered in this vein.

As for real military space programs, the United States has a weapon capable of shooting down satellites - the Aegis Combat System. Russia and China have similar systems. But this is not a space, and ground (air, sea) weapons to fight with satellites.
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  1. 210ox
    210ox 1 March 2018 06: 31
    +3
    “I believe that we will strike from space in a few years. And we are a branch of the armed forces that must lead joint military operations in this new disputed territory. This is what the country requires ”, Yes, it’s unlikely .. You’ll not even be at the cemetery, but you will rot somewhere under the rubble ..
    1. siberalt
      siberalt 1 March 2018 09: 50
      +1
      In general, the placement of weapons in outer space is prohibited if someone else does not know this.
      1. DimanC
        DimanC 1 March 2018 10: 21
        +2
        It seems like a mass defeat ..
      2. Ascetic
        Ascetic 1 March 2018 11: 59
        +7
        Quote: siberalt
        In general, the placement of weapons in outer space is prohibited if someone else does not know this.

        Most likely, we are talking about bicomponent aircraft, the so-called hypersonic gliders that can be in space and at the right time act below the Karman line (100 km above sea level) to the troposphere (50 km above sea level). At such a height, it is very difficult to detect and intercept with ground-based air defense systems. At such heights, the S-500 should hypothetically work for us, and then for ballistic purposes, for aircraft it works at a height of up to 50 km. Again, there is a hypothetical MIG-41 for such purposes ... there is nothing more available in the public domain. If space platforms and satellites are removed in the event of a big conflict and we have weapons for this, both in the USA and China, then against promising bicentric hypervases. No one has reliable protection. While competition at the moment is only at the level of technology and experimental samples of a single nature ... here as they say who used to get up and slippers
        1. yehat
          yehat 1 March 2018 13: 30
          +2
          no one has ever had reliable defense against raiding tactics
          and defense is much more expensive than the means of attack
          the only real way to protect yourself is to deprive the United States of all means to implement such plans. What this country is doing is arrogant incitement to the arms race.
        2. Mikhail3
          Mikhail3 1 March 2018 13: 35
          0
          Quote: Ascetic
          Hypersonic gliders that can be in space and at the right time act below the Karman line (100km above sea level) to the troposphere (50km above sea level)

          As I understand it, an effective space weapon is a rocket going from orbit vertically down. Such missiles cannot be shot down at all, even if they are not hypersonic, there is too little reaction time. Do you think that the devices in space will conduct full-fledged combat operations in the atmosphere, something like planes with originally space-based?
          1. Boa kaa
            Boa kaa 1 March 2018 17: 05
            +3
            Quote: Mikhail3
            As I understand it, an effective space weapon is a rocket going from orbit vertically down.

            Michael! Such a "rocket" will not last long: the thermodynamic loads are beyond the limits for hollow rocket-type products. Therefore, there is a completely “budgetary” option: throwing rods from depleted uranium from space. The states milk this cow with might and main ... Kinetic energy is such that underground bunkers turn out! They plan silos in this way to neutralize in the first strike, well, and underground CBU too ...
            Quote: Mikhail3
            Do you think that the devices in space will conduct full-fledged combat operations in the atmosphere, something like planes with originally space-based?

            Look at the X-37, before that there was a Challenger with its famous dive over Moscow ... The idea of ​​a spaceship has long been in development. They only prefer to keep silent about this, so as not to seduce the amers who are greedy for a sensation.
            We will also look at Trumplin's reaction to the message of the Fed GDP to the assembly !!! I guess the tantrum and the demand "topping up beer!" yes
            1. Mikhail3
              Mikhail3 1 March 2018 18: 48
              +1
              Yes, this is understandable (although you can try to choose the speed, especially using controlled plasma media). It is also clear why the United States is developing the theme of a sub-caliber space projectile. Apparently, some kind of villain transferred our Military Secret to them about the fact that there is no reception against scrap. Traitors around ...
              Here is another. One thing is space mines. And another - spaceships capable of aerial combat! this is what level of autonomy is needed to wait in orbit, and then not just “dunk” down, but to fight there! Or you need an orbital base of the appropriate size and equipment. The ISS at such a base will be as a ceiling decoration in the captain's cabin.
              1. Boa kaa
                Boa kaa 1 March 2018 20: 57
                +3
                Quote: Mikhail3
                The ISS at such a base will be as a ceiling decoration in the captain's cabin.

                Then only the Moon remains ... A real fight will soon unfold for it too ... Moreover, the hunfuzy are clearly not going to stand aside ... Well, damn it, and dream after that "with the Moon"! bully
      3. mac789
        mac789 1 March 2018 15: 34
        +1
        Weapons can and are forbidden ... But there is no research in the field of energy ... But there is a lot of energy there ... And as a weapon it can be used.
        1. Mikhail3
          Mikhail3 1 March 2018 18: 51
          +1
          Boiling along the way half of the atmosphere. Nuclear winter then seems like a morning frost.
          1. mac789
            mac789 2 March 2018 00: 50
            +1
            What a bloodthirsty you are ... Boil half the atmosphere ... It is enough to create a thin conducting channel and ... The Most High will be provided for some Abdullah's skullcap ... And no one will even guess. laughing
            1. Mikhail3
              Mikhail3 2 March 2018 07: 57
              +1
              How to create? A laser beam, and a beam of any range, will create a huge plasma discharge in the atmosphere. As a matter of fact, because of this there is not and will not be any laser weapon of high power.
              1. mac789
                mac789 2 March 2018 08: 29
                +1
                Well ... It's already warmer ... And now drink tequila, and even better homemade moonshine ... And the thought will immediately become sharper and better ... In general, think in the right direction ... Go on.
                1. Nikolay73
                  Nikolay73 2 March 2018 08: 48
                  +1
                  ... we are humanities, but I understood the train of thought ..., yes, it was better to study physics at school, only taught it to us, by the way, the ensign who was dismissed from the ranks of the SA ... I can’t say what kind of ensign he was, but he was no physicist.
                2. Mikhail3
                  Mikhail3 4 March 2018 16: 11
                  0
                  This refers to the electrical conductivity of the plasma channel, or what? Hehe ... On plasma you can really pump energy. That's just the channel you have to break through to the ground. And then continue to support. That is, to pump so much power into this matter that one shot will send the current climate to a landfill. No matter how the atmosphere is not ripped off by brave post-shootings.
                  1. mac789
                    mac789 5 March 2018 00: 12
                    0
                    And if you think about it ... Maybe you don’t have to pump it in ...
                    1. Mikhail3
                      Mikhail3 5 March 2018 10: 15
                      0
                      Solid media, or what? The wire? Well this is nonsense.
                      1. mac789
                        mac789 5 March 2018 11: 39
                        0
                        Well, why? ... Energy goals are like a Romanian missile defense against North Korea ...
  2. aybolyt678
    aybolyt678 1 March 2018 06: 34
    0
    how can you fight from space?
    1. novel66
      novel66 1 March 2018 07: 31
      +3
      watch the movie "capture-2" if not Seagal ... lol
      1. aybolyt678
        aybolyt678 1 March 2018 11: 14
        +1
        To create a laser beam such as in Capture 2, a battery weighing at least 7 tons is required. Therefore, this is fantastic. fool
        1. novel66
          novel66 1 March 2018 11: 18
          +2
          colleague fool nuclear energy! hi
          1. aybolyt678
            aybolyt678 1 March 2018 15: 09
            +1
            Quote: novel xnumx
            colleague fool nuclear power! hi

            Are you talking about widespread household nuclear reactors ???
            1. novel66
              novel66 1 March 2018 15: 21
              +1
              about them, darlings!
          2. Boa kaa
            Boa kaa 1 March 2018 17: 08
            +3
            Quote: novel xnumx
            colleague nuclear power!

            Roma hi , nuclear power has a problem with heat dissipation ... of a huge size !!! yes
            1. novel66
              novel66 1 March 2018 17: 57
              +2
              colleague! hi body to work!
    2. Cube123
      Cube123 1 March 2018 09: 02
      +7
      Quote: aybolyt678
      how can you fight from space?

      There are many options. For example, the destruction of a GPS constellation will make the American army incapable even on its territory.
    3. Baloo
      Baloo 1 March 2018 09: 31
      +6
      Quote: aybolyt678
      how can you fight from space?

      an opinion was expressed in the internet that forest fires in the suburbs a few years ago were just a rehearsal. All this time, the U.S. space drone was allegedly hanging over the region. What I saw between N. Novgorod and Moscow along the way: a lot of work, the entrances to the forests from the highway are blocked, somewhere extinguished, smoldering, somewhere extinguished. Forest planting along the road, coniferous litter smoldering under the pines strip (!) Between the road and forest planting 20-50 meters and suddenly flames up to 1 meter high. Behind the forest plantation, the field doesn’t burn anything, behind the field the deciduous forest doesn’t burn, but a fire helicopter operates 1-2 km behind the field. I don’t know, maybe this is how it happens, I’ve never seen it before. But why a strip along the road in a ditch, and not behind a forest plantation where is the field?
      1. Cube123
        Cube123 1 March 2018 10: 01
        +4
        Quote: Balu
        I don’t know, maybe this is how it happens, I’ve never seen it before. But why a strip along the road in a ditch, and not behind a forest plantation where is the field?

        You may be interested in:
        "Heap storage of wood chips and small wood waste"
        http://msd.com.ua/energiya-drevesiny/kuchevoe-xra
        nenie-shhepy-i-melkix-drevesnyx-otxodov /
        "Apparently spontaneous combustion of wood chips from logging waste in a large heap proceeds in the following order: the initial heating of the wood chips occurs due to the vital activity of fungi and other microorganisms; when the temperature rises above the limit allowed for fungi, only thermophilic bacteria continue to function. A further rise in temperature occurs as a result of oxidative reactions and the decomposition of wood, proceeding with the release of heat.
        ...
        According to the general opinion, in accordance with the experimental data, the presence of green mass impurities in the chips in the form of needles, leaves, non-lignified shoots and bark promotes a more rapid increase in temperature inside the chip pile, as well as a higher final temperature. Based on this, it can be concluded that green impurities increase the probability of spontaneous combustion. . "
  3. igordok
    igordok 1 March 2018 06: 44
    +2
    Since 1 August 2015 with us, the Air Force has become Airspace (Videoconferencing).
  4. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 1 March 2018 07: 07
    +5
    hoping to lure Russia a second time into the same trap a second time is probably somewhat naive
    Americans, accustomed to acting on established patterns, probably do not consider this naive. It turned out at Reagan, why not try again. And given that in Russia they love to step on the rake again, this increases the chances. Let the Americans amuse their vanity by “fighting” on computer simulations. Perhaps our scientists, designers, military-industrial complex did not stall in place?
    1. engineer74
      engineer74 1 March 2018 08: 10
      +7
      We are slowly, but learning from potential partners! For SOI almost avenged a beautiful "leak" with Status-6! laughing And henceforth we will respond to each of their animated cartoons with their own thread! bully
      1. g1washntwn
        g1washntwn 1 March 2018 08: 28
        +8
        The death star hid behind the moon, the status went to the bottom, and the Russified Skynet learned to swear and play a flimsy fool :)
    2. aybolyt678
      aybolyt678 1 March 2018 11: 18
      0
      Quote: rotmistr60
      Perhaps our scientists, designers, military-industrial complex did not stall in place?

      they didn’t stall in place, but try to leave for China the USA ...
      1. Boa kaa
        Boa kaa 1 March 2018 17: 17
        +2
        Quote: aybolyt678
        try to go to China, USA ...
        It seems that the trend has subsided. Grants became interesting for young promising people. Our main scientific base is Novosibirsk. And there is less foam, more right men for the RUSSIAN rejoicing. Their Siberian grandparents were brought up correctly in childhood, while mother-father earned a living penny for food! There were no parties / hip-hopes - that’s the result.
  5. spirit
    spirit 1 March 2018 08: 05
    +4
    Is x37 not a bell? There were other technologies in the days of Reagan. Regarding the analysis of our modern experts in the field of space, I doubt something, they said about Mask that this is a Canadian under-engineer, as a result they develop a rocket by analogy) no one talks about death stars, everything will start from small Drones that can deliver a point strike or bring down a satellite. As technology advances, the militarization of space cannot be avoided
    1. yehat
      yehat 1 March 2018 13: 33
      +1
      What is needed is not an arms race, but US coercion for peaceful behavior
      all problems due to their aggressive "programs"
      constantly the same thing - to maintain the hegemony of blah blah blah.
      This argument should long be recognized as an act of terrorist activity at the state level.
      1. Dude
        Dude 1 March 2018 18: 50
        -1
        To force, you must have THAN ...
  6. groks
    groks 1 March 2018 08: 41
    +2
    Unfortunately, the Soviet leadership ignored the opinion of Russian science about the categorical impossibility of creating such a system, and fell for this American bait. Huge funds were wasted, causing enormous damage to the USSR, which may have been one of the reasons for the “perestroika” and the collapse of the country that followed it.
    What is this expressed in? Started building your laser platforms? No? So what?
  7. lexx2038
    lexx2038 1 March 2018 08: 43
    +3
    Well, then it was a bluff, but we pecked and created a series of spacecraft capable of fighting in orbit and from orbit, although valid prototypes in single copies. If it weren’t for Gorbachev, as it would be, now you don’t even know. First of all, the bearers of democracy have destroyed this industry in our country.
    In the light of current technologies, already and! Pndos will surely be able to do something like an orbital bomber, or some other device, so you need to look carefully - then, it was early, now, it can be too late.
  8. andrej-shironov
    andrej-shironov 1 March 2018 09: 27
    +2
    Space is certainly promising, but there are a lot of problems.
    1. Mestny
      Mestny 4 March 2018 16: 02
      -1
      Space can be promising only when it turns out right in it to extract everything you need - energy, materials. oxygen. water. etc.
      Imagine how much effort and years is needed at the current level of space technology for the construction of, for example, a metallurgical or assembly plant, for example, in the orbit of the Moon, or mining on asteroids.
      Even if you imagine an absolutely fantastic scenario - everyone abandoned the war, amicably united and are building the space program for all of humanity. And in this case, it will take decades, and the maximum resources of mankind.
  9. xtur
    xtur 1 March 2018 09: 28
    +3
    Where do all these wise men take reason to claim that the USSR spent a lot of money on countering Star Wars?
    1. yehat
      yehat 1 March 2018 13: 37
      +1
      because in the framework of defense there were costs for a snowstorm, for antisatellites and a bunch of other developments
      part of the research is unknown to me, I only observe some traces of research.
      1. xtur
        xtur 1 March 2018 20: 33
        +1
        Buran has been developed since the late seventies, anti-satellites have always been developed, as far as technological and economic opportunities
  10. Old26
    Old26 1 March 2018 10: 07
    +4
    In fact, it’s not worth it, like that with hekhankah and khahanki to sweep away what your opponent says. At least to this it is necessary to at least listen and "take a pencil." Moreover, over the past 40 years, both science and technology have not stood still. Those technologies that are available then either did not exist at all or they were in their infancy.
    Of course, those "Star Wars" that Reagan voiced at one time were for the most part a beautiful fairy tale, but no one even claimed that they would "hang" all this in orbit for half a year or a year. And some work was carried out then, some are now.
    Take the same nuclear-pumped laser (Escalibur program). The test at the Nevada training ground, he passed, and repeated and successfully. Further. According to the Star Wars project, there should have been a complex with kinetic weapons in orbit. Roughly speaking with a railgun. The railgun passed tests and the fact that the Navy did not satisfy its rate of fire does not mean that it is not operational. Forty years ago, Americans had no experience installing large structures in orbit. As a result of the ISS program, such experience was gained. As experience gained in creating large solar panels, the power received is estimated at hundreds of kilowatts.
    I won’t talk about orbital bombers, but the fact that their X-37 flew in automatic mode for more than 2 years also says something. And we all remember the RD-180 engines, as if the Americans have nothing besides them.

    That. what was fiction 40 years ago is now a reality. The same computing power has increased many times over these 40 years. And what was unrealistic in the 80s is real now. Only the lazy one does not speak about the possibilities of destroying satellites in orbit. And for some reason everyone says that only Russia will be able to do this, while others say they are unskillful. Do not forget that the satellite constellation of our enemy is many times superior to ours, and where we spend several years to create a full-fledged space constellation - they can do this much faster, without prejudice. Finally. for some reason we don’t laugh when our Air Force suddenly becameКC, and the fact that the enemy says that now the space will be the battlefield, and that the US Air Force will do this - this becomes an occasion for us to rattle and expose the opponent as a p.idurk. Very funny...
    1. Andrei from Chelyabinsk
      Andrei from Chelyabinsk 1 March 2018 12: 19
      +3
      Quote: Old26
      The railgun passed tests and the fact that the Navy did not satisfy its rate of fire does not mean that it is not operational.

      The fact that the Americans closed the railgun program also does not mean that it is inoperative :)))))
      Quote: Old26
      Take the same nuclear-pumped laser (Escalibur program). The test at the Nevada training ground, he passed, and repeated and successfully.

      More precisely - failed everything that can be
      Quote: Old26
      As experience gained in creating large solar panels, the power received is estimated at hundreds of kilowatts

      And what are you going to do with them? Let the sunny bunnies?
      Quote: Old26
      Only the lazy one does not speak about the possibilities of destroying satellites in orbit. And for some reason everyone says that only Russia will be able to do this, while others say they are unskillful.

      In fact, EVERYONE says that the United States knows how to destroy satellites and will soon be able to do everything. In addition to Russia, which is not able to destroy satellites, because does not have the right type of missiles. Which so far are of type in development, and when they will be - nobody knows.
      Quote: Old26
      Finally. for some reason we don’t laugh when our Air Force suddenly became a VKS

      Yes, at least the 1st Guards Star Squadron named after Darth Vader.
    2. yehat
      yehat 1 March 2018 13: 42
      +2
      star wars were not a fairy tale. They were associated with the expectation of a radical reduction in the cost of cargo transportation into orbit. But this failed and now Max makes the start of Star Wars 2.0. Think where he suddenly has so many investors
  11. DimanC
    DimanC 1 March 2018 10: 22
    +2
    In fact, weapons in space are already full. All these reconnaissance and communication satellites - this is the weapon in space ...
  12. dgonni
    dgonni 1 March 2018 10: 42
    +1
    Nda. The author is apparently not in the courses that mattresses plan this year to equip their Zamvoly with laser guns. That is, in fact, they already have serial models and the technology has already been tested. And it will be used in the air, where the laser conditions are not very comfortable. In space, a laser of similar capability will not have any range limitations at all. the states have missiles to launch such monsters into orbit. Well, about the RD-180, in fact they will buy until 2020 under old contracts.
  13. AleBors
    AleBors 1 March 2018 10: 44
    +4
    Maybe you should stop supplying them with the RD-180? Just in case ... Let them answer for the words)
    1. max702
      max702 1 March 2018 12: 07
      +2
      force the Pentagon to use Russian RD-180 rocket engines at least until the middle of the next decade,
      The fifth column will not allow this problem for the USA .. it will lie with bones, but it will not allow it ...
      1. AleBors
        AleBors 1 March 2018 12: 09
        +2
        It would be better if she lay down ... with bones ..
  14. unignm
    unignm 1 March 2018 11: 19
    +1
    gg all dream of a death star.
  15. iouris
    iouris 1 March 2018 11: 39
    +1
    Wow "scam": the last time the USSR dismissed under the talk of "star wars".
  16. Xscorpion
    Xscorpion 1 March 2018 12: 20
    +2
    Quote: lexx2038
    Well, then it was a bluff, but we pecked and created a series of spacecraft capable of fighting in orbit and from orbit, although valid prototypes in single copies. If it weren’t for Gorbachev, as it would be, now you don’t even know. First of all, the bearers of democracy have destroyed this industry in our country.
    In the light of current technologies, already and! Pndos will surely be able to do something like an orbital bomber, or some other device, so you need to look carefully - then, it was early, now, it can be too late.


    Yes, let them spend trillions of bucks further on all kinds of fiction, it would be much worse if these trillions were spent on their existing army. And if something happens by chance, we will know about it in advance and do the same only in hundreds times cheaper, albeit somewhat later than them. It always has been. So let them carry out their experiments further and move the science of the whole planet, since they have nowhere to go.
  17. Old26
    Old26 1 March 2018 16: 24
    +3
    Quote: Andrey from Chelyabinsk
    The fact that the Americans closed the railgun program also does not mean that it is inoperative :)))))

    Was the program closed at all or closed to the Navy? This, sorry, two different things. If closed at all (do not share the link when this event happened) - this is one. If the program was closed directly for the Navy due to the fact that the desired rate of fire was not obtained, this is different. So what exactly happened? The first or second option?

    Quote: Andrey from Chelyabinsk
    More precisely - failed everything that can be

    What exactly failed? Did the laser not work? the flow of the desired density was not obtained?

    Quote: Andrey from Chelyabinsk
    And what are you going to do with them? Let the sunny bunnies?

    Exceptionally sunny bunnies. Energy for the stations most likely is no longer needed ...

    Quote: Andrey from Chelyabinsk
    In fact, EVERYONE says that the United States knows how to destroy satellites and will soon be able to do everything. In addition to Russia, which is not able to destroy satellites, because does not have the right type of missiles. Which so far are of type in development, and when they will be - nobody knows.

    Yah? Actually, in posts of cheers-patriots, usually something else is heard. We can, but the rest of the world - no. And here you break all the buzz ...

    Quote: Andrey from Chelyabinsk
    Yes, at least the 1st Guards Star Squadron named after Darth Vader.

    Yes, even the 20th. You just read the statements and wonder. So for some (for us) the use by our air forces of such a theater as space is quite normal and the Air Force has already become the airborne forces (as if something has changed technologically). But when the enemy begins to talk about it - this is an occasion solely for ridicule. And then they begin to tear their hair and not only on the head with cries of "How did we miss this"

    Quote: AleBors
    Maybe you should stop supplying them with the RD-180? Just in case ... Let them answer for the words)

    And we have to answer grandmas ... Ready to pay for the failure to fulfill the contract ???
    1. Mestny
      Mestny 4 March 2018 15: 59
      -1
      The United States is talking specifically about space-based strike weapons.
      This is still fantastic. and given modern technology is likely to remain so.
      Our VKS are so named because some part of space components is used - navigation, communication, reconnaissance, etc.
      Strictly speaking, the United States also has a videoconferencing system for these parameters, and for a long time.
  18. Aleksandr21
    Aleksandr21 1 March 2018 17: 27
    +3
    I don’t share the author’s point of view, quite a lot of time has passed since the SOI, and technologies have stepped forward, especially with regard to microelectronics, what was then and now, just can’t be compared ... not to mention other technologies. As a theater of space, space is a very interesting environment, and as technology develops further, more and more attention will be paid to it. Regarding the objectives of the SDI - "The main goal of the SDI was to create a scientific and technical reserve for the development of a large-scale missile defense system (ABM) with space-based elements that excludes or limits the possible defeat of ground and sea targets from space." It was an interesting idea, though not for that time. And if you set a goal and with sufficient funding, maybe that will come out.
  19. Klaus
    Klaus 4 March 2018 13: 40
    +1
    As humanity goes into space, the problems of global confrontation between earthly states will go away. The resources of the solar system are simply colossal. The prospects and scope of development tasks are colossal. Compared to this, the monkey waving the earthlings with clubs in its small sandbox is baby talk. What to do ... these are the costs of growing up: the children, too, at first cf .. are in diapers and are naughty.
    1. L10n77
      L10n77 4 March 2018 18: 54
      +1
      the problems will not go away, even now the Earth’s resources are abundant, but the thirst for power destroys everything.
  20. sxfRipper
    sxfRipper 4 March 2018 14: 50
    0
    And how are they going to hit this one? Lazarus ray, transcendentally inverted sick imagination?
    And from which platform? Spherical horses in a vacuum?
  21. Mestny
    Mestny 4 March 2018 15: 54
    -1
    Quote: Old26
    Forty years ago, Americans had no experience installing large structures in orbit. As a result of the ISS program, such experience was gained.

    No one in the world has such an experience.
    All that is being done in orbit now, the peak of technology is docking through standard docking nodes, tentatively launched there, conditionally saying “barrels” are no larger than a certain diameter. with pre-installed solar panels on the ground. All other equipment is a trifle, but it takes many hours of work in outer space to install it, or a simple repair, and is still considered to be an extremely difficult operation.
    There is no talk of any assembly of large structures from separate parts.
    With existing technologies for putting objects into construction into orbit from the panels of a certain structure, it can probably take about 10 years. The amount of costs is scary to imagine.