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India has anti-satellite capability: DRDO

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Wednesday said that India had anti-satellite capability but it would not demonstrate it by hitting a real satellite.

delhi Updated: Feb 10, 2010 21:57 IST

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Wednesday said that India had anti-satellite capability but it would not demonstrate it by hitting a real satellite.

DRDO chief and Scientific Advisor to the defence minister, V.K. Saraswat, asserted that India had the building blocks ready for anti-satellite capability.

"With the successful testing of Agni-III, we have the propulsion system which can be used to propel a kill vehicle in the orbit. We have the capability required to guide a kill vehicle towards the satellite," he told reporters here.

"We have the capability for interception of satellite. But we do not have to test because it is not our primary objective. There are repercussions of satellite interception like debris flying in the space.

"Today we can validate the anti-satellite technology on ground through simulation. There will be no direct hit of satellite. If the nation wants, we can have it ready," Saraswat added.