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DefExpo 2020: India trumpets its supposed ascent with ASAT missile

7th February 2020 - 08:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Lucknow


The largest item in the Defence Research & Development Organisation’s (DRDO) outdoor corral at DefExpo 2020 was an anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon. This pride of the DRDO, set in a dusty makeshift display area that could easily claim a twisted ankle of the unwary visitor, illustrates the struggles India experiences in reaching the top ranks of weapon makers.

Codenamed Mission Shakti by India, the ASAT test enabled a successful intercept of a satellite on 27 March 2019. The target in Low Earth Orbit was moving at 8km/s so this feat was impressive, despite the space debris created.

India was the fourth

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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