GALILEO, is the joint European, Union-European Space Agency initiative for a global navigation system.
It comprises a constellation of 30 satellites orbiting at an altitude of 23,300km and due to become fully operational worldwide within 4 years.
A conference on the "Future of Transatlantic Military Space Relations" was held in London earlier this month. Amongst those that arrived were:--
Robert Dickman, (deputy for military space) US Dept of Defense
Major General Robert Kehler, director US National Security Space office.
General Michael Hamel, commander 14th Air Force,USAF Space Command
Peter Teets, undersecretary of the US Airforce
The GALILEO global positioning system, is remarkable, not least due to its ability to precisely position objects on Earth, to within inches, it allows military forces to attack with absolute precision. You would think that the Americans, as allies, would welcome such awsome help.
But no,- the Americans very calmly announced to Brussels, at this conference, that "They would Attack EU Satellites in Wartime"
When question regarding the meaning of "wartime". They stated that since China had become a partner in this $4.5 bn European venture. That should China use the GALILEO system to pinpoint and ever attack Taiwanese forces. That would be 'wartime'
(They obviously are not happy that China has become a European partner in this Hi-Tech venture)
The Americans made it clear that they would immediately deploy what they call 'a reversible jamming action' upon our European satellites.
If this failed it would use their 'Attack Satellites (coded XSS-11) to destroy one or more of GALILEO'S units in an uprecedented Star Wars style raid.
To me this means that the Anglo/European alliance is quietly splitting at its seams.. The Iraq War was a humbling experience for the American led coalition. I cannot understand why they would now upset their Anglo/European allies with putting out the above statements. On an event, or events that may not ever happen.**
Prehaps its all due to us rejecting America's Navstar Global Positioning System (GPS) which I might add is also currently used by European taxis
Aircraft, and Shipping, as well as stolen vehicles, vehicle/hand mapping systems and much more. The Americans have offered their system free to end users here, but it has been rejected by the EU, for political reasons.
Brussels argued that European troops/vehicles should not rely upon Navigational systems "out of European control" Which is why Europe has sunk $4.5bn into a rival system (Galileo). It is fast becoming the network of choice for an increasingly US-sceptic world.
So now we know. The above precis were taken from various Military and European articles including the financial 'Business' :rolleyes: due out tomorrow.