India has successfully tested a state-of-the-art missile technology by shooting down a satellite parked at low earth orbit, which is about 300 kilometers from the earth, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a televised address to the nation.
He stated that the defense and space scientists used an anti-satellite missile (ASM) to destroy a mini-satellite in space. He said India is now a space power.
India, now joins the exclusive club of US, Russia and China which have the capability.
In his address to the nation, Modi congratulated space and defense scientists, and said it was a demonstration of capability, space power, self-defense and peaceful. He further said that India has completed ‘Operation Shakti’. All equipment used in the operation was developed indigenously and entire operation was executed in just three minutes.
Achieving security milestones for the country
“We aim for peace and not war,” Modi said while adding that it is an important step towards securing India’s safety, economic growth and technological advancement. He assured the international community that this experiment was not against any country in particular. Also, it is not against any international convention or treaty. Such a mission will help in achieving security milestones for the country, he added.
While Indian defense scientists have established capability in launching Agni V, the intercontinental ballistic missile as well as anti-missile defense shield, where it has shown its ability to, shoot down incoming missiles.