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The Mission Shakti test: Why now?

The geostrategic consequences to the Mission could be mixed. We will have to wait and see what the pros and cons are

Ballistic Missile Defence Interceptor missile being launched by DRDO in an Anti-Satellite missile test 'Mission Shakti' engaging an Indian orbiting target satellite in Low Earth Orbit in a 'Hit to Kill' mode from Abdul Kalam Island | Photo: PTI
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Ballistic Missile Defence Interceptor missile being launched by DRDO in an Anti-Satellite missile test ‘Mission Shakti’ engaging an Indian orbiting target satellite in Low Earth Orbit in a ‘Hit to Kill’ mode from Abdul Kalam Island | Photo: PTI

Devangshu Datta New Delhi
How can you knockout, or disable, an object hundreds of kilometres above the Earth, moving at more than 3 kms per second? Mission Shakti involved hitting it with a missile. It could also be targeted with laser beams, or an electronic pulse weapon, to fry the object without blowing it up. 

Why would you do this? Satellites and ballistic missiles are part and parcel of modern arsenals. Satellites provide observation and communication services, while ballistic missiles can carry nuclear payloads and hit targets thousands of kilometre away. 

The ability to interdict ballistic missiles and scramble satellite-based communication networks could be crucial. Such
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First Published: Mar 28 2019 | 8:58 PM IST

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