US lawmakers Michael McCall and French Hill have discussed the possibility of using the Starlink satellite network to bolster Taiwan’s deterrence against China. It is reported by Bloomberg.
According to the publication, the corresponding proposal was made during the visit of the Congress delegation to Taipei. The agency points out that the members of Congress met not only with President Tsai Ing-wen, but also with leaders of the island’s main industries.
As Bloomberg notes, despite the office of Taiwan’s president declining to comment on Starlink’s situation, harnessing the satellite constellation’s potential in Taiwan will require an exception to national security rules.
The agency notes that the reports of the use of the potential of the Starlink satellite network come against the backdrop of a three-day exercise by the People’s Liberation Army of China around Taiwan.
US Congressmen note Beijing’s serious intelligence reconnaissance capabilities and Taiwan’s vulnerability due to its undersea cables
- indicates the agency.
Recall that SpaceX previously denied Ukraine the use of the potential of the Starlink satellite constellation for military purposes. Company chief Elon Max felt that this could seriously damage his company’s reputation. In addition, military cooperation with Ukraine could lead to serious financial losses for the company.