Modi says India tests anti-satellite weapon in major breakthrough

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Published on March 27, 2019 - Duration: 01:22s

Modi says India tests anti-satellite weapon in major breakthrough

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India had shot down a satellite in space with an anti-satellite missile, hailing the test as a major breakthrough in its space program.

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Modi says India tests anti-satellite weapon in major breakthrough

(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India had shot down a satellite in space on Wednesday (March 27) with an anti-satellite missile, hailing the test as a major breakthrough in its space program.

Modi made the announcement in a television address to the nation.

He said India would only be the fourth country to have used such an anti-satellite weapon after the United States, Russia and China.

Such capabilities have raised fears of the weaponisation of space and setting off a race between rival powers.

"Some time ago, our scientists, shot down a live satellite 300 kilometers away in space, in low-earth orbit," Modi said, calling it a historic feat.

"India has made an unprecedented achievement today," he said, speaking in Hindi.

"India registered its name as a space power." Modi faces a general election next month.

He went on Twitter earlier to announce his plan for a national broadcast, saying he had an important announcement to make.

India has had a space program for years, making earth imaging satellites and launch capabilities as a cheaper alternative to Western programs.

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