Airbus says extra defence spending vital to protect satellites

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Airbus says extra defence spending announced by Government is vital to protect Britain’s satellites from attack

Airbus has said the extra defence spending announced by the Government this month is vital to protect Britain’s satellites from attack. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced difficult questions since revealing plans to add £16.5 billion to the defence budget just as the Government battles the Covid crisis. 

Battle: Airbus said hostile nations were regularly trying to attack British satellites in space, causing potential disruption to daily life

Battle: Airbus said hostile nations were regularly trying to attack British satellites in space, causing potential disruption to daily life

But Richard Franklin, managing director for defence and space at the UK arm of the aerospace giant, said as well as new warships over the next four years, the extra spending would go to vital funding for initiatives, which include a space centre. 

He said hostile nations were regularly trying to attack British satellites in space, causing potential disruption to daily life. 

Attacks on satellites can interrupt communications, navigation, TV and rural broadband. He added: ‘There are definite attacks on satellites to show [foreign powers’] capability. 

‘In the same way that we see planes flying across the North Sea and just nudging UK airspace to see how quickly we respond, or sending ships through the Channel to see how we react, they are doing the same in space.’ 

Earlier this year, US and UK authorities accused Russia of using ‘in-orbit antisatellite weaponry’.

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