Japan seeks to launch satellite interceptor

The Japanese government is launching a satellite to intercept foreign countries’ military satellites in the event of an emergency, the Japan News reports.

The plan is part of efforts to strengthen deterrence amid a rapidly increasing military threat in outer space, as seen in the development by China and Russia of satellites that can attack others.

The decision is to be made by the end of the fiscal year so it can be launched mid-2020. The government is considering introducing a type of satellite that can disable the operations of other countries’ military satellites.