India shoots down a satellite in space

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Published on March 27, 2019 - Duration: 01:16s

India shoots down a satellite in space

India tested an anti-satellite weapon on Wednesday, saying the indigenously produced interceptor was used to destroy an object in orbit.

Michelle Hennessey reports.

India shoots down a satellite in space

India claims it has shot down a live satellite in space.

Prime Minister Modi called it an historic feat, and that India had registered its name as a space power.

The news could set off alarm bells among India's rivals.

Modi addressed the nation in a televised address on Wednesday (March 27) and claimed India is only the fourth country in history to have done so but stopped short of saying what kind of satellite was shot down - or, whose.

Experts told Reuters space is being turned into a battlefront and that India's use of anti-satellite weapons is a significant development.

The use of those weapons has for some time raised fears about the weaponization of space, and the possibility of setting off an arms race between rival powers.

In his speech, Modi did attempt to calm those fears: (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) INDIAN PRIME MINISTER, NARENDRA MODI, SAYING: "I want to assure the global community that this new ability that we have achieved is not against anyone.

It is a defensive initiative of a fast moving India.

India has always been against space arms race and this hasn't changed our policy." There's been no immediate word from world leaders on India's development.

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