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DRDO Targets to Build ASAT

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  • After successful launch of Agni-V, DRDO is now setting its target to build anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons and launching mini/micro satellites on demand.
  • The ASAT weapon would include Agni V’s propulsion system to reach about 800km altitude and the “kill vehicle” to home into the target satellite.
  • The “kill vehicle” of the under-development two-tier BMD (ballistic missile defence) system has been tested to track and destroy hostile missiles both inside (endo) and outside (exo) the Earth’s atmosphere.
  • China first used ASAT weapon to destroy an old satellite in 2007.
  • Defence scientists are also aiming on “space security” in order to protect India’s space assets from electronic or physical destruction.

Source:Defence News

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