Former IAF chief says holes in Outer Space Treaty be plugged

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 21:41

New Delhi: Underlining the need for
plugging holes in the Outer Space Treaty, former IAF Chief Air
Chief marshal S Krishnaswamy called for a stronger UN policing
to prevent space from being used to attack targets.

"India would like to appeal to international community
to see that the holes (in Outer Space Treaty) must be plugged.
We also need a strong policing force in the UN. If somebody
crosses the line, we need to bring down quickly," Krishnaswamy
said here.
The former IAF chief was addressing a conference on
`Space, Science and Security: The Role of Regional Expert
Discussion`.

Krishnaswamy said some gaps have been left in the
treaty by its authors "And probably with a sense of purpose.
After all, law is very clever."

He said the treaty implicitly allows certain things
for military activity, including transit of nuclear weapons
like ICBM and IRBM and non-WMD, non-nuclear weapons can be
used from space on targets on space or in space itself.

The former Service chief said the treaty also allows
testing of all weapons in space and floating military bases.
And also, there is no ban on anti-satellite, anti-missile
weapons as the treaty says outer space is free for all nation
states.

"We all should get together and work for peaceful use
of space. If something bad (from space) happens, it will be
devastating. Indeed, the earth will burn of," he added.
Observing that India was living in a very difficult
environment, he said, "The country needs a good space
programme which is imaginative, special and that takes care of
all our defence needs. I don`t trust anybody. We have learnt
our lessons and so, we need to defend ourselves."

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 21:41

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