Defence Minister Remembers Successful Launch of Mission Shakti, Unveils Model of A-SAT Missile


New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on November 9 unveiled a model of Anti Satellite (A-SAT) Missile inside the DRDO Bhawan premises in the presence of Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, and Secretary DDR&D &amp and DRDO Chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy.

‘Mission Shakti’ was country’s first ever Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile Test successfully conducted on March 27, 2019 from Dr AP J Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha, where a fast-moving Indian orbiting target satellite in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) was neutralised with pinpoint accuracy. This was a highly complex mission, conducted at extremely high speed with remarkable precision.

The successful conduct of Mission Shakti made India the fourth nation in the world with the capability to defend its assets in outer space.

On this occasion, Singh appreciated the innovative accomplishment of the team of scientists.

The DRDO Chairman said the installation of the A-SAT model will inspire the DRDO fraternity to take up many more such challenging missions in future.

Earlier Singh and Gadkari witnessed the demonstration of Fire Detection and Suppression System (FDSS) for Passenger Buses. Demonstrations were given on Water Mist Based FDSS for Passenger Compartment and Aerosol Based FDSS for engine fire.

DRDO’s Centre for Fire Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES), Delhi has developed the technology, which can detect the fire in passenger compartment in less than 30 sec and then suppresses it in 60 sec thereby reducing the risk to life and property to a significant extent.

Gadkari expressed satisfaction over the technology and wished to take it forward.


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