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Russian Space Forces

Active1992-1997, 2001-2011 August 1, 2015 - present
CountryRussia
TypeSpace force
RoleSpace warfare
Size150,000 personnel (2014)
Part ofRussian Aerospace Forces
March14 ("14 Minutes Until Launch", official march)
AnniversariesOctober 4 (Space Forces Day)
Commanders
Commander of the Aerospace ForcesSergei Surovikin
Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Space ForcesAleksandr Golovko
Russian Space Forces arrive at the first stop of a five day tour of U.S.  military "Russian Space Forces arrive at the first stop of a five day tour of U.S. military", by US National Archives & DVIDS - GetArchive, licensed under CC0

US Space Command has evidence that Russia conducted non - destructive test of Space - base Anti - Satellite weapon. On July 15, Russia injected a new Object INTO orbit from COSMOS 2543, currently Satellite Catalog Number 45915 in Space - track. Org. Russia released this object in proximity to another Russian Satellite, which IS similar to on - orbit activity conducted by Russia in 2017, and inconsistent with the WITH system's State mission as inspector Satellite. Tracking information can be found on Space - track. Org. The Russian satellite system used to conduct this on - orbit weapons test is the same satellite system that we raised concerns about earlier this year, when Russia maneuvered near US government satellite, said Gen. John W. Jay Raymond, Commander of US Space Command and US Space Force Chief of Space Operations. This IS further evidence of Russia's continuing efforts to develop and test Space - base systems, and consistent WITH Kremlin's published MILITARY doctrine to employ weapons that hold US and ally space assets at risk. The US State Department raised concerns in 2018, and again this year, that Russian satellite behaviors were inconsistent WITH their State mission and that these satellites display characteristics of Space - base weapon.S According to the Department of State, this behavior IS hypocritical and concerning. This event highlights Russia's hypocritical advocacy of Outer Space Arms Control, WITH which Moscow aims to restrict capabilities of the United States while clearly having no intention of halting its own counterspace program both ground - base Anti - Satellite capabilities and WHAT would appear to be actual in - orbit Anti - Satellite weaponry, say Dr. Christopher Ford, US Assistant Secretary of State currently performing duties of Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security. Last week's test IS another example that threats to US and ally space systems are real, seriously increasing. Russia's development and testing of orbital weapons highlights the importance of establishing the US Space Force as new branch of Armed Forces and US Space Command as the nation's unified combatant Command for Space. It IS the shared interest and responsibility of all spacefaring nations to create conditions for a safe, stable, and operationally sustainable space environment. The United States, in coordination WITH our allies, IS ready and committed to deterring aggression and defending the nation, our alliesand vital US interests from hostile acts in space, Raymond conclude.

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Structure

The main tasks of Russian Space Forces are informing higher political leaders and military commanders of missile attacks as soon as possible, ballistic Missile Defence, and creation, deployment, maintenance and control of in - orbit space vehicles, like the new Persona reconnaissance satellite. For example, Space Forces operate the GLONASS global positioning system; commander of Space Forces Colonel General Vladimir Popovkin said in January 2006 that 18 GLONASS satellites would be in orbit by 2008. In October 2010, system became fully operational. Formations of Space Forces include 3 Missile - Space Defence Army, and Division of Warning of Missile Attack, both with their headquarters at Solnechnogorsk near Moscow. Installations and assets include Hantsavichy Radar Station in Belarus, along with a number of other large Warning radars, and - 135 anti - ballistic Missile system which protects Moscow and Peresvet anti - air laser combat system which protects strategic missiles. There is also an optical tracking facility, Okno complex near the town of Nurek in central Tajikistan that is intended to monitor objects in space. Okno is capable of tracking objects 40 000 kilometres from Earth, Space Forces said when it was put on duty in 2002. The facility involves telescope - like equipment housed in several large spheres, similar to the US GEODSS system.

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Commanders

Commanders

No.PictureCommanderTook officeLeft officeTime in officeRef
1Kerimov, Kerim Lieutenant General Kerim Kerimov (19172003)1964196501 years
2Karas, Andrei Colonel General Andrei Karas (19181979)196519791314 years
3Maksimov, Aleksandr Colonel General Aleksandr Maksimov (19231990)19791989910 years
4Ivanov, Vladimir Colonel General Vladimir Ivanov (born 1936)1989199667 years
5Perminov, Anatoly Colonel General Anatoly Perminov (born 1945)28 March 200110 March 20042 years
6Popovkin, Vladimir Colonel General Vladimir Popovkin (19572014)10 March 200430 June 20084 years
7Ostapenko, Oleg Colonel General Oleg Ostapenko (born 1957)30 June 20081 December 20113 years
Ivanov, Vladimir M. Vladimir M. Ivanov (born 1957) Acting201220120 years
8Golovko, Aleksandr Colonel General Aleksandr Golovko (born 1964)1 August 2015Incumbent5 years

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