Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Wednesday that India has entered the super league of space countries — the fourth after US, Russia and China — after it had shot down a live low-earth orbit satellite LEO) with its anti-satellite missile.
This was done in only three minutes, Modi said, lauding the country’s space scientists.
“India has entered the super league of space powers by doing this,” the Prime Minister said in his public address. The operation was called Space Mission Shakti.
To be able to demonstrate anti-satellite missile capability is a rare achievement, Prime Minister Modi said, emphasising that the action was not directed against any country.
“There can be no greater pride for the country,” PM Modi said in his address.
He added: “This is a big moment for India. We should be proud of it. We can now defend on land, water and air and also in space. This has made India a stronger nation.”
Earlier, Modi had tweeted that he would address the nation to give an “important message” — a move unprecedented during an election campaign.
The Prime Minister’s announcement came as the country enters the active campaigning phase to the general elections that begin on April 11 and end on May 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.
The tenure of the current government will end on May 22.