March 28, 2019

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted an Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) missile test ‘Mission Shakti’ from the Dr AP J Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha.


  • A DRDO-developed Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) Interceptor Missile successfully engaged an Indian orbiting target satellite in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) in a ‘Hit to Kill’ mode. 

  • The interceptor missile was a three-stage missile with two solid rocket boosters. 

  • Significance of Mission Shakti: 
    • The test has demonstrated the Nation’s capability to defend its assets in outer space. 

    • India is only the 4th country after the US, Russia and China to acquire such a specialised & modern capability. 

    • Entire effort is indigenous.