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After proving its metal in the outer space by successfully testing an anti-satellite (A-SAT) missile in March this year, India is now scheduled to hold its first ever simulated space warfare exercise next month. The exercise named ‘IndSpaceEx’, will evaluate India’s need of space and counter space capabilities, in the view of likely threats to its space assets from neighbouring China. All the stakeholders from military and scientific community will be taking part in the exercise.
“Space is getting militarised, as also contested and competitive. The main aim of the exercise, to be held in the last week of July under the aegis of the Integrated Defence Staff of the defence ministry, is to assess the requisite space and counter-space capabilities that are needed by India to ensure we can protect our national security interests in this final frontier of warfare,” the Times of India quoted an official aware of the upcoming event as saying.
The news of space warfare exercise came just three days after China launched seven satellites from a ship at sea. Experts feel that the scheduled exercise is the need of the hour as countries like US, China and Russia are increasing their defence capabilities in the final frontier of warfare.