The DRDO Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) Weapon System was on display at Rajpath in the Republic Day parade on Sunday. Also Read - First Tri-Service Vic Formation on Republic Day 2020 | Watch
With space becoming a vital dimension of any country’s economic and military superiority, A-SAT (Anti-Satellite) weapons play a critical role in providing the necessary strategic deterrence. Also Read - Republic Day 2020 Sale: Last Chance to Avail R-Day Offers
In March last year, the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) launched ‘Mission Shakti’, India’s first A-SAT mission and demonstrated its anti-satellite technology. Also Read - "Rejoice the Glory of India," Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag Lead Republic Day Wishes
A live orbiting satellite in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) was destroyed in a “Hit to Kill” mode with 10-centimeter accuracy, with the satellite and the missile approaching each other at a high speed of nearly 11 km per second.
The covert technology of ‘hit to kill’, developed for the first time by India for such applications, enables it to destroy an enemy satellite by directly colliding with it with pin-point accuracy.
The successful demonstration has placed India at par with the elite club of three nations U.S., Russia, and China that possess this capability.