Mission Shakti: India now capable to shoot down live satellites
New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced that India has now joined the elite group of space powers by shooting down a live low earth orbit satellite with the help of an anti-satellite missile or A-SAT.
India has become the fourth nation to have successfully tested such an anti-satellite weapon after Russia, United States and China.
PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation to announce the success of 'Mission Shakti'. While he ensured citizens that India is under the safe hands, he asserted that this move is not directed against any country.
"This is a big moment for India, something all of us should be proud of. We are not just capable to defend on land, water and air, but now also in space. I congratulate all scientists who have made this possible and made India a much stronger nation," PM Modi said in his address.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he will be announcing an important message at around 11:45 AM - 12.00 noon. "Do watch the address on television, radio or social media," PM Modi had tweeted.
The last time PM Modi addressed the nation so suddenly was on November 8, 2016, when he announced demonetization or the overnight ban on Rs. 500 and 1,000 notes. He addressed the nation on December 31 that year as the 50-day deadline to deposit or exchange the scrapped notes came to an end.