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US general assesses role of ‘commercial space’ in Ukraine conflict

John Raymond, Space Force chief and head of Space Force, says private companies have helped Kiev.

Commercial players in the aerospace industry have been “helpful” to Kiev during the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the head of the US Space Force has said.

“My first observation I’d say is that space is important. And we have certainly seen that in this conflict,”General John Raymond, the head of US space operations said Tuesday at Aspen Security Forum.

“And I would also say that commercial space has been very important in providing capabilities that have been helpful to Ukraine.” 

Raymond said also that space capability is a key tool for the US military “each and every day.” 

“Today, nothing we do as a joint force that isn’t enabled by space,”He stated. “And it is a huge force multiplier.” 

Elon Musk’s SpaceX said last month that it had delivered 15,000 kits of its Starlink satellite communication system to Ukraine, which, according to reports, helps Ukrainian troops aim artillery at Russian positions.

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Wire was informed by President Vladimir Zelensky in June about Starlink. “very effective” iInternet access is essential for cities in crisis.

According to media reports, the US also used classified and commercial satellites for intelligence purposes in order to supply Ukraine with information on Russian troop movements.

“We routinely and have now for weeks been sharing information and intelligence about Russian units, both at sea and ashore,”CNN interviewed John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesperson in May.

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