In a major breakthrough for India’s defence capabilities, the nation has successfully shot down a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite, Prime Minister Narendra Modi confirmed the news, adding that India has become the 4th nation in the world to become ‘space power’ after the likes of US, Russia and China which can take down even satellites of enemies during war.
“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,” the Prime Minister said in a special address.
According to PM Modi, the Indian missile A-SAT hit a predestined target and the operation is called ‘Mission Shakti’ which even lasted for just 3 minutes. “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,” PM Modi added in a statement.
PM Modi’s latest announcement to the nation came just hours after rounds of discussion with Cabinet Committee on Security.