WORLD’S FIRST SPACE BATTLE ON THE BOOKS WITH ISRAELI DEFENSE SYSTEM MISSILE INTERCEPT
We’re only really hearing about it now. But early last week, the world saw its first (official, to date) space battle. Not to quibble, but a space battle pretty much means any kind of military activity that happens in space. And this, apparently, happened just far enough above the earth’s atmosphere to be in space. And why did I say “official, to date” in parenthesis? Because we may just find out (later) that something else happened before. But regardless, the Israeli Defense System destroyed a suborbital ballistic missile that may have been launched from Yemen. And yes, the US used fighter jets to destroy an Iranian military storage facility just two days ago.
ON HALLOWEEN, HOUTHIS LAUNCHED AN IRANIAN MADE BALLISTIC MISSILE AT ISRAEL THRU SPACE
Now, we may actually know why. It seems that the ballistic missile was manufactured in Iran, as well. On Halloween, this suborbital ballistic missile (apparently) launched from Yemen and tracking indicates it was likely targeting Eilat, a city in Israel on the coast of the Red Sea. But the Israeli Defense System had a response ready, using its Arrow 2 missile system to intercept and destroy the ballistic missile in low orbit. And that there represents the world’s first official space battle. The intercept happened above the Kármán line, or 62 miles above sea level, the boundary of space.
THE ABILITY TO CONDUCT A SPACE BATTLE IS NOW ON EVERY WORLD SUPERPOWER’S MIND
Sure, there have been missile intercepts above the Kármán line before. But all of those were test intercepts, where the people responsible for intercepting the missile also fired it. Those “people” likely include all the world’s major powers, including Israel. But now, this has been done in to stop an aggressive act of war, making it a battle, or space battle. And you can be sure that the entire world is taking note, and wondering what they need to do to keep pace with the ability to have a space battle, in whatever form that may take in the months and years to come.