India was the fourth country to successfully use an anti-satellite weapon after shooting down one of its low-earth orbit satellites on Wednesday ̵
Modi said in an unexpected announcement, just weeks before the parliamentary elections, that scientists had shot the live satellite from over 185 miles away.
"India has achieved unprecedented success today," he said in Hindi. "India has registered its name as a space dream."
Indian has had a space program for years that introduces the Earth to introduce satellites and launch capabilities as a cheaper alternative to Western programs.
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With its launch on Wednesday, it was only the fourth country after the United States, Russia and China such anti-satellite Weapon, Modi added.
The Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the test lasted 3 minutes and was conducted in the lower atmosphere to ensure that there was no debris in space and that all that was left would crumble into the earth within weeks
"The ability achieved by the anti-satellite missile test provides a credible deterrent to threats to our growing space assets from long-range missiles and the proliferation of missile types and their numbers," the State Department said in its statement. 19659005] BOEING 737 MAX: PILOTS HAD IN SIMULATION 40 SECONDS TO TROUBLE ERRORS DOOM PLANN COULD REPORT SAY
The science journalist Pallava Bagla from the New Delhi Television Channel said The satellite was moving India has passed a "very significant threshold."
"India has shown that we are In the event of an attack, you may crash an enemy satellite in space, "said Bagla.
China's Foreign Ministry said it is hoping for all countries. "It can seriously protect lasting peace and tranquility in the universe." The US and Russia refused to respond immediately, Reuters reported.
The announcement is Modi's latest attempt to bolster India's military muscle, as his party said in polls April 11 to hold power.
After 40 Indian soldiers killed in controversial Kashmir in a suicide bombing in February, India said it had fought a "surgical strike" against a terrorist camp in Pakistan.
Subsequently In an aerial bombardment, Pakistan shot down one of the Soviet-era Indian warplanes reviewing India's aging military hardware.
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Modi said Wednesday the new ability is "not against anyone," and Indian politics continue to oppose the use of weapons in space.
Begin Earlier this month, US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan pleaded for a 2020 Pentagon budget that was shaped by China's national security threats, including anti-satellite weapons.
The Associated The press contributed to this report.