War Ukraine – Russia: space, the invisible border in the Ukrainian war

  • Author, Jonathan Beale
  • role, Defense Correspondent, BBC News


The war in Ukraine has highlighted the growing importance of space for ground-based militaries.

The head of the US Space Force, General Jay Raymond, described it in an interview with the BBC as “the first war in which commercial space capabilities really played a significant role.” It is also the first major conflict in which both sides are so dependent on space.

General Raymond, whose service is the newest branch of the US armed forces, has avoided giving specific details about how the US and its allies are helping Ukraine.

But it clearly shows what they are doing. “We use space for precision strikes, we use space for missile warning of any threat to the United States, our allies or our partners.”

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