Military Might: A Brand New ASAT Missile with a Range of 1000 Kms

India had successfully tested an anti-satellite (ASAT) missile. G. Satheesh Reddy, the chairman of the DRDO, told that the ASAT missile project began two years ago and “went into mission mode six months ago”.

Although the speculations were rejected that the ASAT missile tested had been a derivative of the Prithvi Defence Vehicle system, used as part of India’s indigenous ballistic missile defence programme. ASAT missile had been specifically developed for the purpose of destroying satellites with a range of up to 1,000km plus”.

The ASAT missile used a ‘kinetic kill’ mechanism, which requires the weapon to directly hit the target to destroy it. This calls for many technologies, which were developed completely indigenously in the country and we’ve achieved accuracy within a few centimetres… a very high level of accuracy. Up to 100 scientists worked “round the clock” to prepare for the ASAT missile test.

A satellite in low-earth orbit at an altitude of 300km was chosen for the ASAT test so that all space assets were safe and all the debris decayed fast”.



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