India successfully tested ASAT Missile

Anti Missile Launch

New Delhi, India – Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has announced that India has successfully shot down a Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) Satellite testing the Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile in his address to the nation.

What was Mission Shakti?

Mission Shakti was an anti-satellite missile test conducted by the Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) from the Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Island launch complex using the DRDO’s Ballistic Missile Defence interceptor.

PM Modi also added that with the success of this Mission dubbed as “Mission Shakti” India has become the fourth nation in the world to have successfully tested the ASAT missile launch. A press release was released by the Ministry of External Affairs regarding this mission.

PM Modi didn’t mention the satellite name but it was reported that the satellite destroyed was Microsat-R, a medium-sized military imaging satellite which was launched by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in January.

“We have mastered anti-satellite capability and we have today shown that we can hit satellites at long ranges with a few centimetres accuracy” said DRDO chairman G Satheesh Reddy in talking with ANI.

What is ASAT Missile?

Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missiles are specially designed missiles which can incapacitate or destroy satellites for strategic military purposes.

ASAT Missile Test Achievements:

  • USA – December 14th, 2006
  • China – January 11th, 2007
  • Russia – November 18th, 2015
  • India – March 27th, 2019

USA, Russia, China and now India has the ability to perform these missions. Israel has also developed a similar missile (Arrow 3) which has ability to perform these operations.

But this test has raised concerns over the world with the destruction of satellites and debris spread could be a threat to the satellites present in the outer space.

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