Rahul Gandhi reacts to Mission Shakti. The Congress president @RahulGandhi tweets: “Well done DRDO, extremely proud of your work. I would also like to wish the PM a very happy World Theater Day.”
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee reacted similarly saying, “Indias Mission Programme is world-class for many many years. We are always proud of our scientists, @DRDO_India , other research & space organisations.
“Todays announcement is yet another limitless drama and publicity mongering by Modi desperately trying to reap political benefits at the time of election. This is a gross violation of Model Code of Conduct.
“There is no great urgency in conducting and announcing the mission now by a government past its expiry date. It seems a desperate oxygen to save the imminent sinking of the BJP boat. We are lodging a complaint with the Election Commission.”
Omar Abdullah @OmarAbdullah What announcement will fit within the code of conduct guidelines of the election commission of India?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on Wednesday at 12:10 PM announcing that India has entered an elite space club by successfully testing A-SAT, an anti-satellite missile. India is now an entrant in a club of three nations — United States, Russia and China — with anti-satellite weapon capabilities, informed Prime Minister Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on Wednesday at 12:10 pm announcing that India has entered an elite space club by successfully testing A-SAT, an anti-satellite missile. India is now an entrant in a club of three nations — United States, Russia and China — with anti-satellite weapon capabilities, informed Prime Minister Modi.
Government sources revealed to ANI that the A-SAT weapon was launched around 11:16 am on Wednesday and targeted an Indian satellite which had been decommissioned and was orbiting on a ‘Low Earth Orbit’ at a height of 300 KM from the earth’s surface. The entire test, with confirmation of target elimination, took 3 minutes.
The project announced by Prime Minister Modi in a televised address as “Mission Shakti” was coordinated by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Chairman G. Satheesh Reddy and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval along with officers of the National Security Council.
The missile was launched from the DRDO’s testing range in Odisha’s Balasore. At the time of testing of the A-SAT missile, G. Satheesh Reddy was camping in Balasore to see the project through.
“A-SAT missile will give new strength to India’s space programme. I assure the international community that our capability won’t be used against anyone but is purely India’s defence initiative for its security,” assured Prime Minister Modi in his televised address. Government sources also assured that this test would have no bearing on India’s status in the MTCR (Missile Technology Control Regime) or other such treaties.