On Wednesday, India successfully conducted the much-awaited anti-satellite weapon test Mission Shakti where a live low-orbit satellite was shot down from space. The feat makes India a space power and puts India on the map among the “space super league” with rare space defence capabilities.

Land, sea and air warfare are a necessity for all countries, but some elite countries have taken it to another level by developing space warfare – and India is one of them now. On Wednesday, India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) test-fired an indigenously developed anti-satellite space interceptor to shoot down a live satellite located in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) under Mission Shakti. The extremely tough target, and the very rare technology was successfully tested by India, putting the country on maps of space super powers with ability to shoot down enemy satellites from space.

With the success of Mission Shakti, India became the fourth nation to have developed anti-satellite weapon – after the US, Russia and China. The launch of domestically built anti-satellite interceptor was broadcasted live on TV, and applauded as a “rare achievement for a nation to become a space super power”. The new missiles allow enemy satellites in LEO to be attacked and blinded or disrupted of communications, if and when necessary during wartime. Destroying an enemy’s satellites to stop intelligence surveillance and communication in modern wars in an advanced capability.

Defying the concerns related to debris lost at college, the Indian Foreign Ministry had clarified in a statement that the test was conducted on lower atmosphere so that “there was no debris in space and that whatever was left would “decay and fall back onto the earth within weeks”. With this, India is passing a message of military and defence strength in and around the subcontinent, especially during tensed relations with its neighbours.