Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that they have successfully test fired an Anti-Satellite (ASAT) missile. The announcement was made in an address broadcasted live and it was claimed that the weapon intercepted and destroyed a low orbiting satellite at an altitude of approximately 300km.
#MissionShakti is special for 2 reasons:
(1) India is only the 4th country to acquire such a specialised & modern capability.
(2) Entire effort is indigenous.
India stands tall as a space power!
It will make India stronger, even more secure and will further peace and harmony.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 27, 2019
The Indian Ministry of External Affair’s statement said that the missile was launched from Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Island launch complex and achieved all parameters of the test. It further read that “The test was done in the lower atmosphere to ensure that there is no space debris. Whatever debris that is generated will decay and fall back onto the earth within weeks.”
Pakistan Foreign Ministry’s statement read:
Space is the common heritage of mankind and every nation has the responsibility to avoid actions which can lead to the militarization of this arena.
Foreign Office spokesman Dr. Muhammad Faisal hoped that “countries which have in the past strongly condemned demonstration of similar capabilities by others” will also do their part in reducing “military threats relating to outer space.”
Dr. Fiasal also said that “Boasting of such capabilities is reminiscent of Don Quixote’s tilting against windmills referring to the Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes.”
The ASAT is a result of a joint program of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) called “Mission Shatki”. ASAT missiles are high precision modified ground-based ballistic missiles that are accurate to few centimeters. The test makes India the fourth country to possess such capability after US, Russia and China.