How Mission Shakti is Setting New Grounds for India’s Defence System
India has now successfully joined the lineup of countries with incredible space power with the test launch of Mission Shakti that saw anti-satellite (ASAT) missile bring down a low orbit satellite within 3 minutes of launch. After US, Russia and China, India is now the fourth nation to have added ASATs in its arsenal making it a force to be reckoned with.
On March 27, 2019, the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) conducted Mission Shakti, under which an ASAT missile shot down an Indian satellite operating in the LEO: Lower Earth Orbit. This was done from the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island launch complex. The high precision test has successfully given India a spot amongst the space faring nations. What makes this a monumental feat in India’s history is the technology that was indigenously developed by the Indian DRDO scientists.
The parameters that were set for this to be a successful operation were met significantly as the mission was one that demanded high precision and technical compatibility. As a result, India is now able to restrain and seize satellites in outer space through its indigenous defence system.
Ever since 2014, the Indian space programme has seen significant developments and this mission proves to be another groundbreaking achievement for the government. While many are contemplating this to be a prologue to an arms race in space, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stressed on the fact that this is not a preparation for space war but an effort to strengthen the country’s defence mechanism. India has always maintained that the outer space technical advancements are only for the nation’s betterment and that the government does not harbor any intentions to meddle with the peace in outer space.
This video has surfaced of the ASAT missile being launched early in the day that shows the ASAT missile being launched that successfully destroyed the targeted operating satellite within 3 minutes. The whole nation is in euphoria by this grand feat and also celebrating India’s another great achievement in the world scenario.
Many are praising the commendable action taken by Prime Minister Modi despite of the refutation by the UPA. According to former DRDO Chief DR. VK Saraswat, the feat could have been achieved 2014-15, had the clearances been granted. The scientists were positive of the proposed plan. However, due to the negative response from the UPA the operation could not be tried. PM Modi’s courage is especially commendable to support such an impressive mission.
In light of the event, PM Modi called up the DRDO team and congratulated them on being able to develop such technology for the Indian space programme. This is a moment for the countrymen to be proud of as we are now able to work better on our protection system.