March 27, 2019
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India had shot down a live satellite in space on Wednesday with an anti-satellite missile, hailing the test as a major breakthrough in its space programme.
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.
“India has made an unprecedented achievement today,” Modi said, speaking in Hindi. “India registered its name as a space power.”
Modi faces a general election next month.
(Reporting by New Delhi bureau; Writing by Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Robert Birsel)