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Modi's address to nation: India successfully tests anti-satellite weapon

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter that he would address the nation around noon and make a very important announcement. Stay tuned for the latest updates from the address

BS Web Team  | New Delhi 

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PM Narendra Modi | Photo credit: twitter @DDNational

Prime Minister on Wednesday announced that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a live satellite. Addressing the nation, the prime minister said India's action was not directed against any country.

Shooting down a low earth orbit satellite is a rare achievement for the country, he said. The satellite was orbiting at an altitude of 300 km, he said, describing India as a space power.

Mission Shakti, which was led by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, was aimed at strengthening India's overall security, he said

PM Modi said "India joins USA, Russia and China with the capability to hit Low Earth Orbit satellite with an A-SAT missile".

Modi said India's motive in being a space power was to spread the message of peace, not war.


Modi said Mission Shakti is special for 2 reasons:
 
(1) India is only the 4th country to acquire such a specialised & modern capability. 

(2) The entire effort is indigenous. 

The prime minister had advertised his address to the nation on Twitter, calling it an important message.

"Do watch the address on television, radio or social media," he said, setting off speculation across the country on what the topic was likely to be.

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