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India successfully tests A-SAT missile to shoot down LEO satellite: PM Modi

India is the country other than US, China and Russia to have developed this capability

T E Narasimhan  |  Chennai 

PM Modi
PM Modi

India has become the fourth country in the world to hit a (LEO) in space, with Indian scientists using an missile to bring down an The mission was completed in 3 minutes.

"India has shot down an satellite to make 'Mission Shakti' a benchmark in the history of our country," said Prime Minister in his address to the nation on Wednesday.

"Till now, only US, Russia and China had achieved this; India has become the fourth country to achieve this feat," the Prime Minister added.

"is a huge step forward! It will ensure our spy satellites will not be shot down by China in case of war."

First Published: Wed, March 27 2019. 12:49 IST