India has become the fourth country to execute a low-orbit satellite destruction in space.
Making the annoucement Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed that India has shot down a low-orbit satellite through an Indian anti-satellite weapon A-SAT in an operation called ‘Mission Shakti’ which lasted for just 3 minutes. The significance of the test is that India has tested and successfully demonstrated its capability to interdict and intercept a satellite in outer space based on complete indigenous technology. With this test, India joins an exclusive group of space-faring nations consisting of USA, Russia and China. Mission Shakti, which was led by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, was aimed at strengthening India’s overall security. During the test the satellite used was an Indian satellite, and DRDO’s Ballistic Missile Defence interceptor was used, which is part of the ongoing ballistic missile defence programme.