Citing U.S. threat, Russia plans space defenses by 2020

08/11/2009 | Reuters

Russia's top air force commander says his country will develop new defenses by 2020 in response to alleged efforts by the U.S. to militarize space. "Air forces of foreign states, primarily that of the United States, will gain an opportunity to make coordinated, high-precision strikes on a global scale at practically all targets on the territory of the Russian Federation," Gen. Alexander Zelin predicts, saying that Russia will counter such threats with its own air and space defenses, including the fifth-generation S-500 rocket.

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