Defence Research and Development Organisation, DRDO on Wednesday successfully conducted an Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) missile test, Mission Shakti from Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha. A DRDO – developed Ballistic Missile, Defence Interceptor Missile successfully engaged an Indian orbiting target satellite in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) in a Hit to Kill mode.
An official release said, 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 test has demonstrated the nation’s capability to defend its assets in outer space. It is a vindication of the strength and robust nature of DRDO’s programmes. With this India has joined a select group of nations, which have such capability.
The Ministry said, the test has once again proved the capability of indigenous weapon systems.In his address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India has demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a live satellite on a Low Earth Orbit. Shri Modi said, an Anti-Satellite Missile (A-SAT) destroyed the live satellite within three minutes. He said, this Mission Shakti operation was a difficult target to achieve which was completed successfully.
The Prime Minister said, with this, India has registered herself as a space power today and till now only US, Russia and China have achieved this. He said, now India is the fourth country to achieve this feat. Prime Minister said, Mission Shakti was a highly complex one, conducted at extremely high speed with remarkable precision. It shows the remarkable dexterity of India’s outstanding scientists and the success of India’s space programme. Congratulating all DRDO scientists for achieving this unparallel feat, Mr Modi termed Mission Shakti is a huge success.He said, today’s Mission Shakti aimed at strengthening India’s overall security. Mr Modi said the A-SAT missile will give new strength to India’s space programme.
He also assured the international community that India’s capability will not be used against anyone but is purely India’s defence initiative for its security.It will make India stronger, even more secure and will further peace and harmony.President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu have congratulated Indian space scientists for Mission Shakti. Shri Kovind said, Mission Shakti represents a watershed moment for the country. He said, testing of the Anti-Satellite Missile demonstrates India’s scientific prowess and commitment to harnessing space technology for the security and empowerment of the people.
Vice President Naidu said, with the successful launch of an anti-satellite missile, the country has emerged as a space superpower in the world. Mr Naidu said, everyone is proud of the achievement of Indian space scientists.
Minister of State for Space and Atomic Energy Dr Jitendra Singh said, it is a proud moment for every Indian as India turns into a tech-military power in Space, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.