New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced that India is now placed among the elite space superpowers following the successful testing of an anti-satellite weapon under Mission Shakti.

Under the mission, the anti-satellite missile A-SAT struck down another satellite, thus hallmarking another success to the credit of the Indian space community. With this new feat, India has become the fourth nation after the United States, Russia and China to develop A-SAT that targets satellites in Low Earth Orbit.

“The 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. We are against arms raised in space. This test won’t breach any international law or treaties,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He added, “Today, we have enough satellites that are contributing in various segments such as agriculture, disaster management, communication, weather, navigation etc.”

Here is all you need to know about Mission Shakti:

1) Mission Shakti is India’s first test of an anti-satellite weapon.

2) With the launch of this mission, India becomes the fourth country, after the US, China and Russia, capable to destroy a low-orbit satellite.

3) ‘Mission Shakti’ is an important step towards securing India’s safety, economic growth and technological advancement, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

4) India’s name has entered into an elite space power.

5) The anti-satellite weapon A-SAT has successfully targeted a live satellite on a Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

6) The mission was accomplished by a team of scientists were able to accomplish in a span of 3 minutes. Mission Shakti has ensured that it secures a place in the space power league.

7) The role of the Anti-satellite weapons (ASAT) in the mission is to destroy or incapacitate satellites.

Apart than India, the other countries which have previously expressed their ASAT capabilities are the US in 1958, followed by the USSR in 1964, China in 2007 and Russia in 2015.