Accession Number : ADP002156

Title :   Soviet Military Capabilities in Space,


Personal Author(s) : Johnson,N. L.

Report Date : 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : The Soviet Union now possesses an impressive array of dedicated and multi-purpose spacecraft aimed at enhancing her tactical and strategic military posture. The Soviets currently maintain over 80 active satellites to fulfill the vital functions of communications, navigation, photographic reconnaissance, electronic intelligence, early warning, meteorology, and specialized ocean surveillance. In addition the Soviets posses and operational anti-satellite system capable of negating low altitude (2000 km) spacecraft. More importantly, the design and operational characteristics of these constellations indicate an integration of space assets into the Soviet defense infrastructure. A willingness to employ these assets to support global C3I objectives has also been observed. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Space systems, *Artificial satellites, *Military applications, *USSR, Antisatellite defense systems, Communication satellites, Navigation satellites, Ocean surveillance, Early warning systems, Photographic reconnaissance

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