India joins global space club, demonstrates rare anti-satellite missile capability: PM Modi

New Delhi, Mar 27 (UNI) Scaling up defence capability in the outer space, India on Wednesday achieved a rare capability by joining the big league of the United States, China and Russia and successfully tested the Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile.

“This was just only in three minutes, Congratulations to everyone on the success. This was done by indigenously built Satellite,” Prime Minister said.

“India has demonstrated the rare anti-satellite missile capability,” Prime Minister said adding the Mission Shakti is aimed at strengthening India’s overall security.

In a series of tweets, he said the Mission Shakti is special for two reasons – India has emerged as the fourth country to acquire such a specialised and modern capability.

“This venture is in no way violation of any pact or international law,” he said.

“India stands tall as a space power! It will make India stronger, even more secure and will further peace and harmony,” he later tweeted.

He said The 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”.

“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,” he tweeted.

Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Ravi Shankar Prasad hail the achievement saying the feat marks the ’emergence of a new India’.

“India is today a global economic power house….today it is also a space power,” Mr Prasad said.

Mr Gadkari said the achievements were historic.

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