France wants to arm satellites with guns and lasers by 2030

Earlier this month, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of a French space force that would be responsible for defending its satellites. That seems to be taken seriously: the French Defense Minister announced a program that would develop nano satellites equipped with guns and lasers, according to Le Point (via Homework and purpose ) .

Minister Florence Parly announced that the country would reallocate 700 million euros from the military budget for space defense, with more than 4,300 million euros to spend in 2025. That money would go towards improving the French network of military communications satellites of Syracuse, which are operated by the French navy. The army wants the next generation of satellites to come with cameras to identify adversaries, with a generation of tracking equipped with submachine guns and lasers to attack and deactivate other satellites.

The Ministry of Defense also says it wants to be able to launch Swarms of nano satellites in orbit that could protect strategic objects, and have the ability to quickly launch satellites to replace those that have been lost. Le Point says that the military wants these systems to be in place by 2030.

According to Homework and Purpose Parly says the goal is not to go on the offensive to take out of enemy satellites. “Active defense is not an offensive strategy; it is self-defense, "noting that if the country can identify a country that commits a hostile act, it can respond. It also notes that the plan would not conflict with the Outer Space Treaty, which explicitly prohibits things like nuclear weapons or" other weapons of mass destruction. "

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