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Mission Shakti space op ‘not directed against any country’, says PM Narendra Modi

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.

india Updated: Mar 27, 2019 13:32 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced successful testing of anti-satellite weapon by India making it only the fourth country to have such space capability.(ANI Photo)

India on Wednesday destroyed a low-orbiting satellite in a missile test that makes the country a space superpower, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

India became the fourth country after the United States, Russia and China to have carried out the feat.

In a rare televised address, just weeks before the nation goes to the polls, Modi said Indian scientists “shot down a live satellite at a low-earth orbit”.

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“This is a proud moment for India,” the prime minister said, in his first televised national address since late 2016.

“India has registered its name in the list of space superpowers. Until now, only three countries had achieved this feat.”

The satellite was in orbit at 300 kilometres (185 miles) when it was destroyed.

Modi said the mission was peaceful and not designed to create “an atmosphere of war”, adding it was “not directed against any country”.

The announcement comes ahead of a national election in which Modi is seeking a second term in office.

Voting starts April 11 and will last nearly six weeks, with close to 900 million Indians eligible to vote in the world’s largest election.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

First Published: Mar 27, 2019 13:31 IST