India’s ASAT tests in further steps. Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi announced, that India has conducted anti-satellite (ASAT) missile tests. It can hit live satellite at an altitude of 300km. And this makes India only the fourth country after US , Russia and China. It demonstrates such a capability. So the only other country that can take step is Israel. And they have such capability.
India’s aim over this
India’s ASAT will raise some questions. That It will be a path to weaponisation . But PM Modi argued that this is a defensive move to secure India’s own assets. PM Modi said that, Our aim is to maintain peace in war mongering. The space programme’s aim is peace. And India’s economical and technologic progress. Its Highlighting the salience of space to India. According to PM Modi, Today India is using satellites and space for all sort of purposes. It includes Agriculture, defence , disaster management, communication, entertainment, whether, navigation, education, medical uses and other things. In such situation, so the security of these satellite is very important.
India’s ASAT test is not surprising. So India started developing it’s ASAT capabilities in last decade. So After the first successful test in 2007. Infact the DRDO chief Dr. VK Saraswat has claimed several times. And India is developing the necessary technologies to destroy enemy’s satellite. And on 6 March, 2007 India’s anti-Ballistic was seen as a closer step towards development of ASAT capability. So many people will ask questions. That the need to India to develop. Because It is mired in a number of developmental challenges. But the fact is India is not located in benign neighborhood. So India cannot afford to egnore the new realities of region. And globally within the space domain.
India’s space programme is largely civilian oriented. So it has acquired greater focus on national security concerns. While India want to know that outer space is free of weapons and continues as a domain of peace and stability. Because it is not only upto New Delhi to ensure this. Now India can not avoid the increasing militarization. To avoid this will affect on India’s security interests. These development are happening when there is a larger power transition within Asia and beyond.
Appreciation and opposition
India has come way far as the ASATs are concerned. US and Soviet faced opposition in 1970 and 1980 for ASAT tests. India has come to appreciate the strategic utility of these capabilities and demonstrations. Still India is changing it’s approach to non-poliferation issues and the global regimens since 2000s. So the clearer articulation began to appear after the Chinese ASAT test in January 2007. The Chinese test was a wake-up call for Indian policymakers. They called for breakdown some of the beurocratic and inter-departmental barriers with the Indian government to address this threat.
Now India is with the capability
India has crossed the Rubicon. So India has a demonstrated ASAT capability. New Delhi must make earnest efforts develop the rules of the road. This will give about some restraint in outer space activities. Because of this India became stronger country about the space security. Which is making Indians proud.