India has entered an elite club of nations that are capable of knocking off satellites in space, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Wednesday after a DRDO missile tested off the Odisha coast successfully hitting a low orbit satellite.
Following the massive announcement, President of India, Ram Nath Kovind Kovind took to Twitter and congratulated all the people concerned, saying that "Mission Shakti" represents a 'watershed moment for India'.
Apart from him, BJP Chief Amit Shah and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar too congratulated the DRDO scientists over the successful operation.
Prior to this, in a much-anticipated address, PM Modi said that `Mission Shakti’ was a difficult target to achieve but was completed within three minutes of the missile launch.
"Today is 27th March. A while ago, India achieved a historic feat. India today registered itself as a space power. Till now, 3 countries of the world- America, Russia, & China had this achievement. India is the 4th country to have achieved this feat,” he said.
“The ASAT missile will give new strength to India's space program. I assure international community that our capability won't be used against anyone but is purely India's defence initiative for its security,” he said.
"Mission Shakti was a highly complex one, conducted at extremely high speed with remarkable precision. It shows the remarkable dexterity of India’s outstanding scientists and the success of our space program,” the PM concluded.