Anti Satellite test conducted to demonstrate India's advancing technological capabilities: DRDO

Pablo Tucker
April 8, 2019

But, multiple (targets) is definitely feasible.

The US's surveillance and warning network was able to detect India's missile launch in low earth orbit which was aimed at one of its own satellites. If a need arises, he said, India can now target multiple enemy satellites, "including those for military use", in low orbit of up to 1,000km, with multiple ground-launched missile interceptors.

"I can't divulge the details, but we are taking them forward", said DRDO chief G Satheesh Reddy on Saturday.

To questions on the debris created by the test, Dr. Reddy said extensive simulations were conducted and there was no threat to the International Space Station (ISS). "It was intentionally done at 280km altitude so that debris decay fast", Reddy explained, noting that there was no need for further tests as the system has proved fully functional.

Recently, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) chief Jim Bridenstine called India's ASAT test a "terrible thing". The entire debris will decay in 45 days. We don't have information on that. The first 10 days are critical and those have passed.

On March 30, Chidambaram slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcing that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability, saying only a "foolish government" would make such a disclosure and "betray" a defence secret.

About 150 scientists worked round-the-clock in the past six months and about 2,000 components were sourced from 50 private industries.

The press interaction came days ahead of the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls on April 11 due to which the model code of conduct is in place.

"Many eminent serving/retired strategic experts, technocrats, diplomats, the top brass of Armed forces, scientific fraternity across various departments participated in the deliberations", said a statement released by the government.

India has been developing "space deterrence" technologies which would be able to knock out enemy satellites, the country's military research chief has revealed.

"Mission of this nature after a test is conducted can't be kept secret".

With 830 satellites, U.S. leads the world in the number of satellites, followed by China with 280 satellites. He added that all necessary permissions were taken.

Speaking on the occasion, Deputy National Security Adviser Pankaj Saran said that India was actively engaged in all relevant global negotiations about the outer space.

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