India has become the fourth state in the world following the United States, China, and Russia to show anti-satellite missile capability by shooting a satellite. At a special address to the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described it as a rare accomplishment that puts the country in an exclusive club of space superpowers.
“At the journey of each nation, there are moments that bring extreme pride and have a historic impact on generations to come. One such moment is today,” he stated in a broadcast to the nation on television, social and radio websites. “India has successfully tested the Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile. Congratulations to everyone on the achievement of #MissionShakti,” the prime minister tweeted later.
The Anti Satellite (ASAT) test took the world by surprise has contributed that India in the past has claimed that distance should be a frontier for calmness and should not be militarised. The last nation to demonstrate ASAT capacity was China when its evaluation in 2007 was fulfilled with global disapproval.
In a much-anticipated address, PM Modi stated that’Mission Shakti’ was a difficult target to achieve but was finished in just three minutes of this missile launch.
Quoting sources, news agency ANI reported that the goal was a decommissioned Indian satellite that was eliminated in just three minutes. The anti-satellite (A-SAT) weapon was launched at 11:16 am.
Mission Shakti, that was led by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, was aimed at strengthening India’s general safety, Modi stated in his address that comes with a fortnight before the start of the general election.
— ANI (@ANI) March 27, 2019
The previous time Modi had dealt with the country had been November 8, 2016, when he declared the demonetization of high-value currency notes. The scale and timing of these announcements, a fortnight prior to the first phase of polling, triggered a political slugfest with the opposition parties threatening to approach the Election Commission.
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) March 27, 2019
“The ASAT missile will provide new power to India’s space programme. I assure the international community that our capability won’t be used against anyone but is purely India’s defense initiative because of its security,” he said.
There’s not any clarity yet on that Indian missile was modified into the ASAT weapon but DRDO already gets the radars, sensors and long-lived missiles available for such assignments. “Mission Shakti was a highly complex one, conducted at an exceptionally large rate with remarkable precision. It shows the remarkable dexterity of India’s exceptional scientists and also the achievement of the space programme,” the PM said.