India Joins Select Group of Nations, Destroys Live Satellite in Low Earth Orbit

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New Delhi. India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted an Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) missile test ‘Mission Shakti’ from the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island, formerly known as Wheeler Island, in Odisha on March 27.

A DRDO-developed Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) 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. Tracking data from range sensors has confirmed that the mission met all its objectives.

The test has demonstrated the nation’s capability to defend its assets in outer space. It is a vindication of the strength and robust nature of DRDO’s programmes.

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With this India joins a select group of nations, which have such capability. The test has once again proven the capability of indigenous weapon systems.

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