On Guard: Russian Space Forces Detect Over 50 Ballistic Missile Launches in 2017

October 5, 2017

Sputnik News:

Russia’s Space Forces have identified over 50 ballistic missile launches so far in 2017, Space Forces commander Lt. Gen. Aleksandr Golovko has revealed.

“Through the course of the current year, on-duty units of the Russian missile warning system, specialized means of space monitoring, and missile defense units have identified over 50 launches of foreign and domestic ballistic missiles and space rockets,” Golovko said, speaking to reporters on the occasion of the Space Forces’ celebration of its professional holiday.

In the same period, specialists from the Space Forces’ Main Space Intelligence Center have identified and tracked about a thousand space-based objects, monitored the deployment over 350 space craft into Earth orbit, observed about 190 objects as they left Earth orbit, and issued 10 warnings about space-based objects coming too close to Russian satellites and other spacecraft.

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