India has entered its name as an elite space power: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India shot down a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite on Wednesday. He added India has grown a “space superpower” with the examination of an anti-satellite weapon and said India is the fourth nation after the US, Russia and China. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an interview said, “A short while ago, India has shot down an LEO satellite by an anti-satellite missile. It was conducted under Mission Shakti, which was completed in three minutes,” PM Modi said in a special address “India has entered its name as an elite space power. An anti-satellite weapon, A-SAT, successfully targeted a live satellite on a low earth orbit.”

A-SAT is a defence system that is created to defeat or incapacitate satellites. PM Modi said Mission Shakti is an essential action towards achieving India’s safety, commercial growth and technological progress. The prime minister said, “A-SAT missile will give new strength to India’s space programme. I assure the international community that our capability won’t be used against anyone. It is purely India’s defence initiative for its security. We are against arms race in space. This test does not breach any international law or treaties.”

PM Modi termed Mission Shakti special for two reasons – 1. India is only the 4th country to acquire such a specialised and modern capability, and 2. The entire effort is indigenous. “India stands tall as a space power,” he said. Soon following PM Modi made the statement, Union minister Nitin Gadkari praised the scientists associated in the project. The prime minister, in his address, said the Mission Shakti was performed by the scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Congress congratulated saying, “We congratulate @isro& the Govt on the latest achievement for India. The Indian Space Programme established in 1961 by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru & the Indian Space Research Organisation set up under Smt. Indira Gandhi has always made India proud with its ground-breaking achievements,” they tweeted.

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