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Western press: European civil satellites are a "hidden threat" for the Russian Navy

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The radar images taken by two civilian Sentinel satellites, owned by the European Space Agency, are in the public domain and can be used by anyone on the network. At the same time, the information they provide poses a threat to the navies of different states, including the Russian and Chinese navies.


So thinks H. Sutton, whose article was published by Naval News.

We are used to commercial satellite imagery used by mapping software. The Western press draws attention to the fact that with their help military secrets can also be revealed.

But these satellites cannot see at night or in cloudy weather. In this case, systems using synthetic aperture radars (SAR) installed on the Sentinel can be used, which are able to cover areas of the Earth's surface that are hidden from observation. More precisely, they can track the movement of objects with radars turned on. And since the polar night is not an obstacle for these systems, they can see the movement of the Russian naval forces at any time, even in the Arctic.


Sentinel images show interference from warship radars. In particular, an ordinary Internet user posted satellite images of Russian naval exercises in the Baltic in September, and in July Sentinel-2 recorded a missile launch from a large anti-submarine ship Severomorsk in the Barents Sea.

Thus, it turns out that European civil satellites are a "latent threat" for the Russian Navy, as stated by the mentioned author.

We will remind that earlier in the Western press there were materials about the alleged possession of Russia by "anti-satellite weapons"It seems that this chain of publications is a priori intended for the fact that if something suddenly happens (including technical problems) with the Western satellites, then the" partners "will have a reason to blame Russia for this ...
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  1. askort154
    askort154 15 December 2020 10: 34
    +9
    European civil satellites are "a hidden threat" for the Russian IMF.

    And how did the author guess this before? It's time to know that purely "civilian satellites" are nonsense.
    Even modern gadget phones are collecting information.
  2. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 15 December 2020 10: 48
    -1
    Put pictures and diagrams in the public domain ... Israel does this too
  3. Galleon
    Galleon 15 December 2020 10: 52
    +6
    It goes without saying that the most civilian satellite in orbit, regardless of belonging, has a dual purpose. Therefore, if there really is an anti-satellite weapon, during "H" it is necessary to bring down all satellites, regardless of their purpose and nationality, by turning on the identification system. We still have no allies, so ... if only we had enough ammunition. bully
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 15 December 2020 23: 03
      +2
      Musk Vaughn is going to launch 12,000 satellites into orbit, then bring
      up to 30 thousand. No S-500s are enough.
      For comparison: now about 2000-2200 active satellites revolve around the Earth.
      Times change...
      And Musk is not alone in planning such networks. Dense "lattices" will hang
      from satellites. And a grid of optical reconnaissance satellites, and communication satellites.
      1. slipped
        slipped 15 December 2020 23: 29
        0
        Quote: voyaka uh
        No S-500s are enough.


        And what does the S-500 have to do with it? laughing I think "Nudol" will cope. The Musk satellites do not hang in one place, they walk in schools in their planes in low orbit. It is enough to arrange an accident for them at the beginning of the joint - they themselves will be beaten in the end. laughing Joke.
      2. Galleon
        Galleon 16 December 2020 01: 21
        -1
        You are right, of course, you can't get enough of the S-500. "At Hitler's headquarters," that is, in the West, they periodically spread a rumor about the "assassin satellites" we have, in the article I saw exactly an allusion to this "anti-satellite weapon".
  4. Jacket in stock
    Jacket in stock 15 December 2020 10: 53
    +3
    a priori it is intended that if something suddenly happens (including technical problems) with the Western satellites, then the "partners" will have a reason to blame Russia for this ...

    Do the "partners" need a reason?
    They still make them up beautifully.
  5. Avior
    Avior 15 December 2020 10: 53
    +1
    Sentinel images show interference from warships' radars.

    Can't you see the ships themselves? There is no problem to turn off the radar while the satellites are flying, their orbits are known and the time of flight is also known.
  6. Kuz
    Kuz 15 December 2020 11: 11
    +19
    One thing is clear - every year it becomes more difficult to hide. And everyone.
  7. rocket757
    rocket757 15 December 2020 11: 13
    0
    The development of technical systems of intelligence, control, a natural process.
    I assume that all the military are building their own plan, taking all measures to preserve military secrets, given such circumstances ...
    Those. the period when there will be no secrets at all will never come ... priorities will change and that's it.
    For another, possible period, it is difficult to guess ... at least from the sofa.
    1. cniza
      cniza 15 December 2020 12: 12
      +2
      Quote: rocket757

      I assume that all the military are building their own plan, taking all measures to preserve military secrets, given such circumstances ...
      Those. the period when there will be no secrets at all will never come ...


      Of course, even the schedule of all these "civil" satellites is taken into account ...
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 15 December 2020 14: 05
        0
        The process of controlling the enemy is mutual.
        There is no reason to panic .... work harder, keep secrecy and that's it.
        1. cniza
          cniza 15 December 2020 15: 25
          +2
          I think there is a regulation, the observance of which will minimize the loss of secrecy ...
          1. rocket757
            rocket757 15 December 2020 18: 38
            +1
            And there are regulations, instructions, rules, to the LAW!
            The main thing is that the performance was not fake.
            1. cniza
              cniza 15 December 2020 21: 09
              +3
              As always, the human factor ...
  8. dgonni
    dgonni 15 December 2020 11: 49
    0
    Who would doubt that. Any satellite poses a threat in terms of the extraction of intelligence, in one way or another!