Mission Shakti: India's 'space missile' technology was developed by DRDO in Hyderabad

April FrancisMar 28, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India conducted A-SAT test and shot down low Earth orbit satellite.

Modi stressed that the technology used to bring down the missile was entirely developed in India, and he said the test was an important demonstration of the country's prowess in space."India stands tall as a space power!" he wrote.

When Modi finally began speaking, he, characteristically, surprised everyone by declaring that Indian scientists had achieved a new capability in space military technology, previously the domain of the big three: US, China and Russian Federation. Nowhere in his 15-minute address did Modi make any political comment: Rather he congratulated the scientists, talked about this complex capability, India's responsibility as a responsible democratic nation and how the world at large should view this achievement.

In an official statement India's foreign ministry declared that the debris generated from the impact would "decay and fall back to earth within weeks" as the test was executed in the "lower atmospher".

US Navy, a missile is launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) to be intercepted as part of a Missile Defense Agency test in Kaui, Hawaii, on November 6, 2007.

The United States performed the first anti-satellite test in 1959, when satellites themselves were rare and new. "It shows the remarkable dexterity of India's outstanding scientists and the success of our space programme", the Narendra Modi said.

Speaking to India Today, Saraswat said that he had made presentations to the then ministers and security advisors in 2012-'13, and sought financial resources and clearance to be able to demonstrate this capability.

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The Low-Earth Orbit satellites revolve around the earth only a few hundred kilometres (the low-earth orbit, hence the name) above the surface as against a geostationary orbit or other higher orbits which are used by communication or defence satellites to keep an eye on our plant. The USSR devised similar technology in tests over the next two decades, but the race to develop the armament was kickstarted again in 2007 when China deployed its own version.

"India has successfully tested the Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile".

Responding to the development, Pakistan's Foreign Office said Pakistan believed there was a need to address gaps "in the worldwide space laws with a view to ensuring that no one threatens peaceful activities and applications of space technologies for socio-economic development". That weapon has yet to be tested against a live satellite target.

But Modi, who heads a Hindu nationalist-led government, has taken a strong position on national security, launching air strikes last month on a suspected militant camp in Pakistan that led to retaliatory raids by Pakistan in a dramatic ratcheting up of tension between the nuclear-armed rivals.

China has yet to respond to Modi's announcement. It fought a brief war with China in 1963 and three with Pakistan, the last in 1971.

"I think not having rules of engagement is worrisome. So some kind of sharing of capabilities can't be ignored".

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