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The ASAT test was long required and overdue. The technology was in place for quite some time. Needed political clearance which has now happened. Well done! 👍
The significance of the ASAT test can be gauged by the operation name, Mission Shakti. Same as our 1998 nuclear tests which was named Operation Shakti
Anyone asked for proof yet? #justasking.
Next up, we have to conduct tests for hypersonic missiles. Been saying this. There are programs running but tests required. Western think tanks are pushing to create a denial regime. It will have only US, Russia & China in it. We have to be in it.
The nuclear tests were announced by the PM. This one is as significant IMO. This is for those who have asked why the PM did it.
ASAT test doesn’t mean we will pop out enemy satellites at will. We can’t, it will be an act of war. Why we did it?
1- Window would close in future with any treaty
2- It’s a deterrent for enemy to not indulge in destroying our satellites
3- Spin offs from the capability
IMO, eedless politicisation of the ASAT test. The Balakot strike cannot swing the election, let alone an ASAT test that most ppl don’t even understand. We have demonstrated an important capability that was pending only a political clearance & it wouldve been planned months ago
People are needlessly hyphenating the ASAT test with Pak. This is NOT about Pak.
A DRDO-developed Ballistic Missile Defence Interceptor Missile successfully engaged an Indian orbiting target satellite in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) in a ‘Hit to Kill’ mode. The interceptor missile was a three-stage missile with two solid rocket boosters: MoD pib.nic.in/PressReleaseIf…
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The satellite destroyed was a micro satellite launched in Jan this year.Maybe it was launched for this purpose.Taking out such a small satellite shows advanced capabilities & being small & destroying it in LEO takes care of debris issue. Well planned boys.
ASAT missile capable of hitting satellites up to 1000kms in space. The 300 kms target that too a micro satellite was chosen only to not create space debris. This is for doubters on our ability to take out satellites higher up.
American reaction: “As part of our strong strategic partnership with India, we will continue to pursue shared interests in space and scientific and technical cooperation, including collaboration on safety and security in space"
As I’ve mentioned earlier. Americans have been supportive of our efforts to develop our military capabilities. Although many still doubt them in India. The “hesitancies of the past” persists in such ppl.
Replugging this piece in @ThePrintIndia theprint.in/opinion/pm-mod… where I said India has moved away from its earlier goals on nuclear disarmament. See this in light of India “weaponising space” with earlier goals was not weaponising space. Pragmatic shift considering security needs
The DRDO has stated that the the ASAT interceptor can take out satellites 1000kms up. Taken in the context of BMD, this will give us capability to take out ICBMs in mid course. This is part of our phase 2 of BMD & its for Chinese missiles, not Pakis
If this report of a failed ASAT test on Feb 12 is correct, it shows we have a number of missiles ready that in a short span,we conducted another test.That’s good news even in a failure!
Most likely, short span points to 2 diff missiles & 2 diff tests
NASA says India’s ASAT satellite test created 400 pieces of debris. 60 of it 10cms & bigger that can be tracked. Expected to burn up over time. Compare it to China’s nearly 3500 of which over 2800 is still out there m.hindustantimes.com/science/terrib…
‘Will disappear in 45 days': DRDO official on NASA concern over A-SAT debris
The Pentagon said on Thursday that it stood by its assessment that debris from an Indian anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons test would eventually burn up in the atmosphere, even after NASA's administrator warned of the danger the debris posed. timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/pentagon…
On the day DRDO gave details on the test, I am particularly happy that I had tweeted this in 2017 - to launch a satellite to take it out to test our ASAT capability. That’s what we did!
India is concerned about the “threats” it faces in space, the Pentagon has said, defending the country for acquiring anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test capabilities.

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