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India still has long way to go on ensuring space security: US experts

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Prominent American experts have said that has a long way to go when it comes to ensuring space security after it successfully test-fired an anti-missile by shooting down a live

The test made the fourth country in the world after the US, and to acquire the strategic capability to shoot down enemy satellites.

Ashley J Tellis, a senior fellow at the who holds the Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs, said ever since China's A-SAT missile test of 2007, had been contemplating its own A-SAT test primarily to deter potential Chinese attacks on Indian space assets in the future.

"That aim arguably has been satisfied today, but India still has a long way to go where ensuring space security is concerned.

"has formidable counterspace capabilities and Indian are still highly vulnerable both in peacetime and in conflict. Yesterday's A-SAT test does not alter this basic reality," Tellis told

Vipin Narang, an associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said that the test is unlikely to make any changes to the balance of power in the region. And as such it is more of a demonstration.

"If starts hitting Indian satellites, India can knock out Pakistan's very few satellites. can knock out all of India's satellites whereas India cannot do the same to China. So it's kind of a weird balance for India if it's interested in getting into the anti-deterrence game (because) it doesn't really have an advantage in either of its dyads," Narang told

of the think-tank in a tweet described this as a dangerous and destabilising move.

"A dangerous & destabilizing move. Underscores need for a global A-SAT ban. US gov't silence is deafening, given its negative reaction to China's '07 test," he said.

Daniel Porras, Space Security Fellow at the for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), said that there is a need to have A-SAT guidelines, in particular about the debris.

"A strong is an important American interest and space is increasingly a contested arena for political-military competition," from USIBC told

In New Delhi, the (MEA) said the test was done in the lower atmosphere to ensure there is no

"Whatever debris that is generated will decay and fall back onto the earth within weeks," it said.

The MEA came out with a 10-point explainer to say the test was carried out to verify India's capability to safeguard space assets and that it was not directed against any country.

It also said in a statement that India has no intention of entering into an arms race in

"We have always maintained that space must be used only for peaceful purposes. We are against the weaponisation of and support international efforts to reinforce the safety and security of space based assets," the MEA added.

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First Published: Thu, March 28 2019. 13:35 IST