Narendra Modi biopic slammed as propaganda by opposition ahead of Indian election

Mar 28, 2019, 01:19
Narendra Modi biopic slammed as propaganda by opposition ahead of Indian election

An anti-satellite weapon, known as an ASAT, successfully targeted a satellite on a low earth orbit in a classified recent test, said Narendra Modi.

The leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) added that the missile had destroyed the 190-mile distant satellite in less than three minutes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has addressed the nation and congratulated Indians for accomplishing the "Mission Shakti" operation.

Official sources told the Telegraph the missile was a "kinetic kill vehicle" that did not carry any explosives or other devices.

Acting US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan.

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The United States first tested antisatellite missiles in 1958 while China did it as recently as 2007.

India says it has successfully tested an anti-satellite weapon in an unexpected announcement just weeks before general elections. Space should be a place where we can conduct business.

Speaking to Express.co.uk of the shock revelations, James Roberts of the Taxpayer's Alliance said: "India still receiving foreign aid cash, while overtaking Britain and becoming a space super power, will leave many taxpayers scratching their heads".

"Not having rules and engagement is worrisome, so how people test and develop technology is important, but how we share this critical domain - I would expect anyone who tests does not put at risk anyone else's assets".

The punch of what he said in Hindi came in these lines: Kuch hi samay pahle hamare vaigyanik ne antariksh me spece me teen sau kilometer door low earth orbit me ek satellite mar giraya hai, yah ek live satellite, poorva nirdharit lakshya pet ha use anti-satellite missile dwara mar giraya gaya hai. Reuters reported that the United States first deployed ASAT technology in 1959 when satellites themselves were relatively new.

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In 2008, the United States demonstrated an anti-satellite capability when a U.S. Navy Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Lake Erie launched a Standard Missile-3 interceptor.

Modi's Hindu nationalist-led government has taken a strong position on national security, launching air strikes last month on a suspected militant camp in Pakistan that spurred retaliatory raids.

China has yet to respond to Modi's announcement.

A concern for India is that China could help its old ally Pakistan neutralize any advantage.

While India has laid claim to space dominance with this test, the Prime Minister stressed that his government was not in favour of a space arms race.

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"Pakistan and China have a very deep strategic kind of partnership".

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