27/03/2019 12:51 PM IST | Updated 27/03/2019 1:02 PM IST

Modi Announces Success Of Mission Shakti, Declares India Space Power

An anti-satellite missile, A-SAT, successfully targeted a live satellite on a low earth orbit (LEO), Modi said.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that India had established itself as an elite space power after it successfully tested an anti-satellite missile on Wednesday.

The A-SAT successfully targeted a live satellite on a low earth orbit, the prime minister said as he congratulated the DRDO for the achievement.

Till now, only United States, Russia and China had this honour, Modi said.

The operation, called ‘Mission Shakti’, was successfully carried out in just three minutes.  

Modi also said this was a rare achievement. 

“It shows the remarkable dexterity of India’s outstanding scientists and the success of our space programme,” he said.

He said that India’s mission is not directed against any other country. ‘Mission Shakti’ is an important step towards strengthening India’s security, Modi said.

The prime minister further said that today, India has enough satellites that were contributing to various sectors such as agriculture, disaster management, communication, weather and navigation among others.

Watch his address: