India has become the fourth nation in the world after United States, China and Russia to demonstrate anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a satellite. In a special address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described it as a rare achievement that puts the country in an exclusive club of space super powers.
"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," he said in a broadcast to the nation on television*, radio and social media. "India has successfully tested the Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile. Congratulations to everyone on the success of #MissionShakti," the Prime Minister tweeted later.
In another tweet Prime Minister Modi said,"
#MissionShakti 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.
According to reports, the target was a decommissioned Indian satellite which was eliminated within three minutes. the missile was launched from the Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Island launch complex in Odisha. The missile struck an unidentified Indian satellite. "The test was fully successful and achieved all parameters as per plans."
* The complete text of this broadcast by Prime Minister Modi can be read on the following link :