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India faces calls to shake up its space capabilities

15th May 2021 - 22:52 GMT | by Neelam Mathews in Delhi


India performed a first anti-satellite missile test on 27 March 2019. (Indian MoD)

There is growing demand for India to enhance its space force structure to meet military needs.

The security implications of China’s growing capabilities and investment in space are causing serious apprehension in India. 

Chinese space militarisation directly impacts Indian security. Such geopolitical concerns have led the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), essentially a civil space agency, to expand over the years into a military role.

In a move to integrate space assets of the three services – the army, navy and air force – the Defence Space Agency (DSA) became operational in November 2019.

India is yet to take steps to beef up the DSA, Ajey Lele, senior fellow at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence …

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