“If we don’t think, and prepare for that today, then we won’t be ready when the time comes,” Sir Mike warns of a probable future space war.
At the launch of a new Space Command HQ, the UK Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston expressed concern over Russia and China`s activities, citing that routinely the countries were flying satellites within “close proximity” of others. Sir Mike said the two countries have acted in this “reckless” manner “several times a year.”
“A future conflict may not start in space, but I’m in no doubt that it will come very quickly to space, and it may well be won or lost in space,” he said.
The new £1.4 billion Space Command HQ was meant to guard the UK against Russia and China. Sir Mike says it stops attacks on UK interests 60 miles above the earth.
General Sir Patrick Sanders, the head of Britain’s Strategic Command, also talked about the impact a ‘space war’ would have on civilians and soldiers.
Satellites gave “critical capabilities” to the military, but also enabled technology “we all know and recognize on our mobile phones to the technology that enables us to navigate the Carrier Strike Group around the globe,” he added.
Air Vice-Marshal Paul Godfrey, commander of UK Space Command, added: “The space domain is vital, not just in enabling military operations across the world, but in the day-to-day lives of everyone across the nation.”