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India creates history, shoots down LEO satellite in space, announces PM Modi

I Would Be Addressing The Nation At Around 11:45 AM - 12.00 Noon With An Important Message. Do Watch The Address On Television, Radio Or Social Media, PM Modi Tweeted.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Victor Dasgupta | Updated on: 27 Mar 2019, 04:01:38 PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (ANI image)

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a live satellite, describing it as a rare achievement that puts the country in an exclusive club of space super powers. "In the journey of every nation there are moments that bring utmost pride and have a historic impact on generations to come. One such moment is today," he said in an unprecedented broadcast to the nation on television, radio and social media. "India has successfully tested the Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile. Congratulations to everyone on the success of #MissionShakti," the prime minister tweeted later.

"The A-SAT process started in 2014 after PM Modi gave permission and now it's a huge achievement. Not only we have become space power but we are now in big four. We should not forget that tomorrow's wars will not be the same as yesterday's wars. So our preparedness is our biggest deterrent," says Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Arun Jaitley accused the then Congress-UPA government for "dilly-dallying" in giving giving their approval to scientists to go ahead with Mission Shakti. "Our scientists had this capability for a long time but the then government never gave them a go ahead. I want to remind some of my friends from the Congress that when Agni V was launched, the DRCO had said that they have the capability to develop an A-SAT missile," Jaitley said. 

National security prevails over every other consideration, says Jaitley.

India's nuclear programme will go on 365 days a year irrespective of elections, says Arun Jaitley.

"Today is a historic day for our country. Our scientists have achieved a feat that previously only three other nations had. We successfully launched an A-SAT missile and this increases our defence capability. India is now only the fourth country enabled to shoot down a satellite," said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

This is a historic day for the nation, I congratulate the DRDO and ISRO scientists: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. 

Former DRDO Chief and NITI Aayog member Dr VK Saraswat to ANI on anti-satellite weapon A-SAT: This is a fantastic capability to have and it gives us a deterrence in case our adversaries try to militarise the space or try to prevent us from using our existing space capabilities.

Congratulations to DRDO India and ISRO scientists on the success of ‘Mission Shakti’. The success of this mission will help in strengthening India’s defence capabilities. We are proud that our Space and Defence program has touched unprecedented heights with this glorious achievement, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulates ISRO and DRDO scientists in developing and demonstrating ASAT capabilities.

Congratulations to all the scientists for carrying out "Mission Shakti" successfully. India is moving fast towards becoming a world leader, & under PM Modi's leadership, it is on its way to not only become a 'super economic power', but also a 'super science power', says Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

The UPA government had initiated the ASAT program which has reached fruition today I congratulate our space scientists & the visionary leadership of Dr Manmohan Singh, tweets Congress leader Ahmed Patel.

A-SAT missile will strengthen India's security and progress: PM Modi

We have always been against weapons in outer space and there is no change in this. Today's action does not violate any international law or bilateral agreement: PM Modi

PM Modi concludes his speech with 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' chant. 

'Mission Shakti' operation was a difficult target to achieve which was completed successfully within three minutes of launch: PM Modi.

To make positive changes in the lives of the people, we will have to adopt new changes: PM Modi.

It’s a matter of pride for all of us that it has been done by indigenously developed technology. I congratulate the scientists of DRDO, says PM Modi.

The mission was completed in just 3 minutes using an ASAT Made In India: PM Modi

Our aim is to maintain peace and to create war like situation: PM Modi.

India acquires capacity to shoot down designated target satellites, says PM Modi.

Today, India has registered its name among the greats of the space race: PM Modi.

India has now entered the Super League with Mission Shakti. India shoots down low orbit live satellite: PM Modi.

Mission Shakti is a big win for India. This Mission Shakti happened within 3 minutes, says Narendra Modi.

India is proud of its scientists, says PM Modi.

India has entered its name as an elite space power. An anti-satellite weapon A-SAT, successfully targeted a live satellite on a low earth orbit: PM Modi.

India has entered its name as an elite space power: PM Modi.

 India has registered its name in the list of Space Power. America, Russia and China have achieved it till now. India is the 4th country.

India shoots down, LEO satellite in space: PM Modi.

After America, Russia and China. India has become the fourth Space super power country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address nation in just few minutes.

CCS members present at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg: Reports

Any moment now, PM Narendra Modi to begin his address to the Nation where he will deliver "an important message".

PM Narendra Modi's address to the nation where he is to deliver "an important message."

PM Modi to begin his address to the nation any minute now.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the nation shortly with an important message. 

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First Published : 27 Mar 2019, 11:32:08 AM