US Space Force begins operations for first offensive weapon system
Photo: Airmen from the 4th Space Control Squadron take a picture in front of the Counter Communications System Block 10.2 on March 12 on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The 4th SPCS received the B10.2 from the Space and Missile Systems Center on Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., making it the first offensive weapon system assigned to the United States Space Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Bertain)
The US Space Force has a new offensive weapon- and much like the role of the Space Force, it’s probably not as “sexy” as you think it is.
The Counter Communications System Block 10.2 (CCS B10.2), a ground-based satellite communications jamming system with a few tweaks, achieved initial operating capability (IOC) and is ready to be used in combat operations by the USSF.
Initially introduced in 2004, the CCS is essentially an easily-transportable space electronic warfare system that can jam and disrupt adversary satellite communications.
“CCS B10.2 represents the end of the traditional way of development,” Space and Missile Systems Center Special Programs director Stephen Purdy said. “Future upgrades and enhancements will make use of SMC’s Agile DevSecOps (development, security, and operations) approach adapting to the evolving battlefield while delivering capabilities to the warfighter faster and better than our opponents.”
According to Air Force Technology, the CCS weapon system is used by Air National Guard units in California, Colorado and Florida. It is also used by active-duty units such as the Fourth Space Control Squadron (under the USAF, of course).
Despite being more of an electronic warfare tool than a space laser, the CCS is crucial to American defense.
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