What is Mission Shakti - India successfully tests anti-satellite weapon (PM Modi) MissionShakti Video


Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a televised address said India has become a space superpower with the successful testing of an anti-satellite missle on Wednesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said India shot down a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite, which was a pre-determined target. He said India has become a “space superpower” with the successful testing of anti-satellite weapon. PM Modi said India is only the fourth nation after the US, Russia and China. “A short while ago, India has shot down an LEO satellite by anti-satellite missile. It was conducted under Mission Shakti, which was completed in three minutes,” PM Modi said in a special address.



Watch: India now a space power : PM lauds successful anti-satellite missile test





“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,” the prime minister said in a televised address.

A Low Earth Orbit (LEO) refers to an Earth-centred orbit at an altitude of 2,000 km. A-SAT is a weapon system that is designed to destroy or incapacitate satellites.

PM Modi said Mission Shakti is an important step towards securing India’s safety, economic growth and technological advancement.

The prime minister said, “A-SAT missile will give new strength to India’s space programme. I assure the international community that our capability won’t be used against anyone. It is purely India’s defence initiative for its security. We are against arms race in space. This test does not breach any international law or treaties.”

PM Modi described Mission Shakti special for two reasons - 1. India is only the 4th country to acquire such a specialised and modern capability, and 2. Entire effort is indigenous. “India stands tall as a space power,” he said.

Soon after PM Modi made the announcement, Union minister Nitin Gadkari congratulated the scientists involved in the project. The prime minister, in his address, said the Mission Shakti was accomplished by the scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

“Congratulations to all the scientists for carrying out “Mission Shakti” successfully. India is moving fast towards becoming a world leader, and under PM Modi’s leadership, it is on its way to not only become a super economic power but also a super science power,” news agency ANI quoted Gadkari as saying.

The Congress congratulated the government and the scientists working on the project for the successful testing of the A-SAT.

“We congratulate @isro & the Govt on the latest achievement for India. The Indian Space Programme established in 1961 by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru & the Indian Space Research Organisation set up under Smt. Indira Gandhi has always made India proud with its ground breaking achievements,” the Congress tweeted.

PM Modi’s announcement followed a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security.



1. What is Mission Shakti?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi just announced that India's ambitious anti-satellite weapons project has been successful

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has just announced that India has entered an elite league of nations, capable of space warfare. Modi announced that India had successfully completed Mission Shakti, giving India aerial cover from rogue satellites.

Here is what we know so far:

. A team of Indian scientists successfully launched a missile at a satellite in low-earth orbit

. The anti-satellite (ASAT) missile hit the mark and destroyed the satellite.

. The entire operation was completed within 3 minutes.

. The ASAT is entirely Made in India, by the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO)

. Only US, Russia and China have ASAT missile capabilities. India now joins the club.



2. India, fourth nation in the world to do so: PM

"India today shot down a low orbit live satellite, becoming the fourth nation in the world to have the capability to do so," PM Modi said in his address.

He said Indian scientists have destroyed the live satellite in the lower earth orbit, adding that they have completed a very difficult and high-tech task as part of "Mission Shakti".



3. Mission Shakti, an important step towards India's safety: PM Modi

PM Modi said, "'Mission Shakti' operation was a difficult target to achieve which was completed successfully within three minutes of launch. 'Mission Shakti' is an important step towards securing India's safety, economic growth and technological advancement."



4. PM Modi thanks scientists; says entire effort is indigenous

While making the announcement about Mission Shakti, PM Modi also said that the "entire effort is indigenous". Congratulating the entire nation on this huge achievement, he also thanked the scientists involved for their contribution.

"Today, we have enough satellites that are contributing in various segments such as agriculture, disaster management, communication, weather, navigation, etc.," he said.



5. India against arms raised in space: PM to international community

In his address on Mission Shakti, PM Modi said that the A-SAT missile will give a new boost to India's space programme.

He also said, "I assure the international community that our capability won't be used against anyone but is purely India's defense initiative for its security."

He added, "We're against arms raised in space. This test won't breach any international law or treaties."



6. The mission shows dexterity of India's outstanding scientists

In a series of tweets, PM Modi said, the highly complex Mission Shakti was "conducted at extremely high speed with remarkable precision" which shows the "dexterity of India's outstanding scientists and the success of our space programme."

Mission Shakti is special as India has become only the fourth country to "acquire such a specialized and modern capability," the Prime Minister wrote on Twitter.



7. India stands tall as a space power, says PM Modi

PM Modi tweeted, "India stands tall as a space power! It will make India stronger, even more secure and will further peace and harmony."

Meanwhile, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said, "India is moving fast towards becoming a world leader, and under PM Modi's leadership, it is on its way to not only become a 'super economic power', but also a 'super science power'."



8. Mission Shakti: Top 10 Highlights of Narendra Modi’s Announcement

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address said that Mission Shakti, which was led by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, was aimed at strengthening India's overall security.

Here are the top 10 highlights of Modi’s announcement:

- 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.

- 'Mission Shakti' operation was a difficult target to achieve which was completed successfully within three minutes of launch.

- Today, we have enough satellites that are contributing in various segments such as agriculture, disaster management, communication, weather, navigation etc.

- 'Mission Shakti' is an important step towards securing India's safety, economic growth and technological advancement.

- Today is 27th March. A while ago, India achieved a historic feat. India today registered itself as a space power. Till now, 3 countries of the world- America, Russia, & China had this achievement. India is the 4th country to have achieved this feat.

- A-SAT missile will give new strength to India's space prog. I assure int'l community that our capability won't be used against anyone but is purely India's defence initiative for its security.We're against arms raised in space. This test won't breach any int'l law or treaties.

- In the journey of every nation there are moments that bring utmost pride and have a historic impact on generations to come. One such moment is today. India has successfully tested the Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile. Congratulations to everyone on the success of Mission Shakti.

- Mission Shakti was a highly complex one, conducted at extremely high speed with remarkable precision. It shows the remarkable dexterity of India’s outstanding scientists and the success of our space programme.

- Mission Shakti 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.



 

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