Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation announcing the success of an Anti Satellite (A-SAT) operation codenamed Mission Shakti that destroyed a live satellite within three minutes. With this India become fourth country to enter the elite group of nations to have successfully shot down a live satellite in low earth orbit.
Prime Minister Modi conducted a video conference to congratulated the entire team of scientists who are behind the success of 'Mission Shakti'. Read his full message below:
"Apka parishram rang laya. Jo kisi ka bura nahi sochta hai vo agar shaktiheen ho jayega toh bura sochne walo ke takat burayion ko janam deti rahegi. Aur issiliye bhi ke jo kisi ka bura nahi sochta hai uska sabse zyada balwaan hona bohot aavashyak hota hai. Aur sabse bade gaurav ke baat hogi ke jo sapna hum dekh rahe hai, Har shetra mai Make In India, aap logon ne duniya ko ye sandesh de diya hai ke hum bhi kuch kam nahi hai".
(Your hard work paid off. The one who never thinks ill of others, if they will turn powerless then it would give rise to evil powers. In fact, the one who never thinks ill of others should be more powerful. And the most important thing is that the dream we saw, Made in India, you have given a powerful message to the World that we are not less than anyone.)
On 27th March 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India tested its ASAT missile (Mission Shakti) destroying a pre-determined target of a defunct satellite.
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.