A customised ‘My Stamp on India’s First Anti-Satellite Missile (A-SAT) launch’ was released by the Department of Posts on the occasion of Engineers Day on September 15, in the presence of National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and others.
On the direction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted an Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) missile test ‘Mission Shakti’ from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha on March 27, 2019.
The DRDO-developed A-SAT Missile successfully engaged an Indian orbiting target satellite in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) in a ‘Hit to Kill’ mode. The interceptor missile was a three-stage missile with two solid rocket boosters. Tracking data from range sensors had confirmed that the mission met all its objectives.
The entire effort was indigenous which demonstrated the Nation’s capability to develop such complex and critical missions. A number of industries also participated in the mission. With this success, India became fourth nation in the world to possess such capability.
NSA Ajit Doval in his address said that it was a very brave step on part of DRDO to go for Mission Shakti. “DRDO has plenty of achievements to be proud of; however the future is in space-based technologies. Satellites are critical and with this capability India can defend it’s assets in space,” Doval said. The NSA appreciated the way in which the mission was kept a secret and complimented the whole DRDO fraternity for doing well in all other fields.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary DDR&D and Chairman DRDO thanked Prime Minister and NSA for having confidence in DRDO and assigning such a critical and complex mission to DRDO. “The A-SAT mission enabled development of many technologies and capabilities for precision kill at higher altitudes,”he said calling upon DRDO fraternity to take up more such complex and critical projects.
The function was also attended by Pradipta Kumar Bisoi, Secretary, Department of Posts and Senior Scientists of DRDO.
With the successful conduct of Mission Shakti, India has demonstrated its capacity in space weapons. It has also demonstrated the increasing maturity of its Ballistic Missile Defence Programme, the first phase of which is ready for operational deployment.
Having demonstrated its A-SAT capability, India now needs to weaponise the technology and, at the same time, harness all possible space-related military technologies to put in place an effective deterrent against potential adversaries.