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#MissionShakti trends as India joins elite club with anti-satellite missile capability

India joins elite club of US, China and Russia

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New Delhi, Mar 27 (IBNS/UNI): Scaling up defence capability in the outer space, India on Wednesday achieved a rare capability by joining the big league of the US, China and Russia and successfully tested an anti-satellite (ASAT) missile.

“This was just only in three minutes, Congratulations to everyone on the success,” the Prime Minister said in an address to the nation.

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“India has demonstrated the rare anti-satellite missile capability,” the Prime Minister said and added the Mission Shakti was aimed at strengthening India’s security.

Mission Shakti very special for two reasons

Modi said on Twitter that the Mission Shakti was special for two reasons – India has emerged as the fourth country to acquire such a specialised and modern capability.

“This venture is in no way violation of any pact or international law,” he said.

“India stands tall as a space power! It will make India stronger, even more secure and will further peace and harmony,” he later tweeted.

He said The 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”.

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“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. India has successfully tested the Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile. Congratulations to everyone on the success,” he tweeted.

Reactions over rare achievement

Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Ravi Shankar Prasad hail the achievement saying the feat marks the ’emergence of a new India’.

“India is today a global economic power house….today it is also a space power,” Prasad said.

Union minister Nitin Gadkari said the achievements were historic.

Congress leader Ahmed Patel congratulated former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for Mission Shakti.

Giving credit to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with scientists, Ahmed Patel, a close aid of Congress UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, tweeted: “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.”

Rajasthan’s Congress chief minister Ashok Gehlot said: “Congratulations to scientists of #DRDO for the success of #MissionShakti and for making India as an elite space power. We are so proud of the achievements and efforts of DRDO towards strengthening the country’s security since its inception in 1958.”

–IBNS/UNI

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