France wants GUNS and LASERS on its satellites by 2030

French president talks of a SPACE FORCE that would weaponize satellites with frickin' lasers and guns.

Published Mon, Jul 29 2019 7:34 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:47 AM CST

In something out of an evil villain from a superhero movie, the French government is pushing to have lasers and guns on its satellites by as early as 2030.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced news of a French space force defending its satellites recently, which has quickly morphed into seeing France's Ministry of Defense announcing a new project that would see guns and lasers attached to satellites. The country is spending $780 million of its military budget in space defense, adding to the existing $4 billion military program for 2019-2025.

The country has planned for its military to build next-gen satellites that are capable of detecting enemies and other objects with cameras, and then the successor to that gets huge upgrades with on-board submachine guns, and even lasers that will be used in a destructive force to "disable other satellites" by shooting their solar panels.

France's minister of defense, Florence Parly, announced the new weapon-equipped satellite program that will move into patrol nano-satellites with power lasers with Le Point. Parly said: "If our satellites are threatened, we will consider blinding those of our opponents. This may involve the use of power lasers deployed from our satellites or from our patrol nano-satellites".

He continued: "Active defense is not an offensive strategy; it's self-defense. It is, when a hostile act has been identified as such, acceptable within the confines of international law to be able to respond in an appropriate and proportionate manner. The law does not exempt self-defense, does not prohibit militarization, nor does it prevent weaponization".

How? Well, with "by submachine guns capable of destroying the solar panels of an enemy satellite, or by lasers blinding or destroying it entirely". But if that wasn't crazy enough, what about low-orbit nano satellites "placed around the most strategic objects" and "short-notice replacements for satellites destroyed by the enemy".

France wants GUNS and LASERS on its satellites by 2030 |
Buy at Amazon

Austin Powers Triple Feature

TodayYesterday7 days ago30 days ago
* Prices last scanned on 7/2/2022 at 8:24 pm CDT - prices may not be accurate, click links above for the latest price. We may earn an affiliate commission.

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

Newsletter Subscription

Related Tags

Newsletter Subscription
Latest News
View More News
Latest Reviews
View More Reviews
Latest Articles
View More Articles