Space arms race heats up, U.S. to build new space radar base to spy on China, Russia

The United States is moving to build new global space radar bases to “document attempts by Russia and China to malfunction critically important U.S. satellites,” Russian satellite news agency RIA Novosti quoted Sky News as saying Sunday.

Under the plan, the U.S. will build three space radar bases around the world, including three sites in Scotland or southern England, Texas and Australia, the source said.

The planned space radar bases will be able to identify objects the size of a soccer at a distance of 36,000 kilometers, the sources added.

The report quoted U.S. Space Force Lt. Col. Jack Walker as explaining, “This is necessary because we want to continuously monitor targets that pose a threat to our systems in geosynchronous orbit.”

The first facility is reportedly scheduled to be operational in 2025.