‘Mission Shakti’ Proves Competence of Indigenous Weapon Systems

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The Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) missile test, ‘Mission Shakti’, empowered India as a space superpower and has proved the competence of indigenous weapon systems. It demonstrated the country’s capability in defending its assets in outer space. With this India has joined the elite group of nations that have such capability. The group includes China, the USA, and Russia.

The official Twitter account of Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the efforts of scientists at DRDO. “Mission Shakti is special for two reasons: (1) India is only the 4th country to acquire such a specialised & modern capability. (2) Entire effort is indigenous. India stands tall as a space power! It will make India stronger, even more secure and will further peace and harmony,” he stated.

The missile test was conducted from the Dr AP J Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha. “The missile travelled a distance of almost 300 km from earth and hit the target within three minutes of its launch,” the Prime Minister stated in an address on television.

The Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) Interceptor Missile successfully engaged an Indian orbiting target satellite in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) in a ‘Hit to Kill’ mode. The interceptor missile was a three-stage missile with two solid rocket boosters. Tracking data from range sensors has confirmed that the mission met all its objectives.

“The new capability we have developed is not directed against anyone…India has always been opposed to the weaponisation of space and an arms race in outer space, and this test does not in any way change this position,” the prime minister added.

As the test was conducted at about 300 kms from the earth’s surface, the debris generated will decay and fall on the earth within two weeks.

On January 11, 2007, a Chinese SC – 19 ASAT missile destroyed a defunct Chinese weather satellite by an ASAT missile at an altitude of 865 kms. On February 20, 2008, the US destroyed USA-193, an American reconnaissance satellite. On November 18, 2015, Russia tested its anti-satellite missile, PL-19 Nudol. (PIB and Economic Times)

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