Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently announced that the nation had successfully shot down one of its satellites in space with an Anti-satellite missile or A-SAT and has now established a place for itself in the elite club of space powers. PM Modi addressed the nation through television program where he said “The A-SAT missile shot down the Low Earth Orbit satellite within three minutes of it launched with remarkable precision and technical capability and it proved the world of India’s capability”.
The anti-satellite missile test was referred to as “Mission Shakti” which was led by Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and aimed at strengthening India’s overall security. Narendra Modi stressed that the technology to bring down the missile was made in India and was an important demonstration of India’s prowess in space.
Until now, only three nations Russia, United States and China have demonstrated such strategic capability in space to shoot down enemy satellites. This is big moment for India, something we all should be proud of. We are not just capable to defend on land, water and air, but also in space.
“I would like to congratulate all the scientists who have made this possible and made India a stronger nation”, said Modi. Opposition parties strongly criticized PM Modi’s address in the middle of campaign for the next election when a code of conduct is in place and even asked whether it was necessary for Modi to make the announcement instead of the top Indian scientists!
Narendra Modi said “India has made an unprecedented achievement today”. He even said that this was a major breakthrough which established India as a space power. He even added that India didn’t breach any international laws or treaties while doing the test. Back in January 2007, China’s anti-satellite missile had shot down a defunct weather satellite.
India successfully shoots down one satellite in space under the Mission Shakti
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