India today demonstrated its military might in space by destroying a defunct satellite orbiting at 300 km in outer space by shooting a high precision missile from the earth's surface.
“In the journey of every nation, there are moments that bring utmost pride and have a historic impact on generations to come,” tweeted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today in an address to the nation.
"India has successfully registered its name as a space power. Till now three countries in the world - America, Russia and China - had this feat. There could be a no bigger moment of pride. A short while ago our scientists have shot-down a live satellite in low earth orbit (LEO) in space through an anti-satellite (A-SAT) missile," PM Modi said.
"It was successfully shot down in just three minutes and the operation culminated immediately. The feat required high technical expertise and capability. The scientists have achieved the entire decided target. This valour was achieved through indigenously built anti-satellite missile."
"We have different satellites which are contributing in various sectors including weather forecast, education, medical, navigation etc. Our satellites are helping all including farmers, fisherman, students. In the world, the significance of space and satellite is going to increase and they may become indispensable to life,” he added.
Mission Shakti was a highly complex one, conducted at extremely high speed with remarkable precision. It shows the remarkable dexterity of India’s outstanding scientists and the success of our space programme, the PM tweeted.
"Today's A-SAT missile has given new strength to security and vision of the country. We want to assure the world that our new capability is not against any country but is the defensive initiative of fast-moving India. India has always been against the arms race in space and this test hasn't changed that. This successful violates no international treaties or law," he said.
"We are using the modern technique for the welfare and security of our 130 crore citizen. For peace and secure atmosphere, a strong India is significant. India's work in the space category is aimed at India's security, economic development and technological advancement. Today's 'Mission Shakti' is an important step in achieving this dream. Today's success should be seen as our step forward towards a secure, prosperous and peaceful country.”
"It is important that we move forward and ready ourselves for future challenges. For positive changes, we have to accept modern techniques. Our target is that all Indian must face future challenges with confidence and feel safe. I foresee an India which can think two steps ahead of the time and can also have the courage to move in that direction", Prime Minister added.
Prime Minister Modi also congratulated the scientist and technicians of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). "We are proud of our scientists. They have further enhanced the stature of the country. I congratulate all countrymen for today's achievement," he said.
Modi, who faces a general election next month, went on Twitter earlier to announce his plan for a national broadcast, saying he had an important announcement to make.