The Prime Minister announced that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a live satellite, calling it a rare achievement.
"In the journey of every nation there are moments that bring utmost pride and have a historic impact on generations to come. One such moment is today," he said in a broadcast to the nation on all media. The action was not against any country and the satellite was a pre-determined target orbiting at an altitude of 300 km, he added. Mission Shakti was headed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation and its goal was consolidating India's overall security.
He said, "#MissionShakti was a highly complex one, conducted at extremely high speed with remarkable precision. It shows the remarkable dexterity of India's outstanding scientists and the success of our space programme."
"Shooting down a low earth orbit satellite is a rare achievement for the country."
The "entire effort is indigenous. India's stands tall as a space power. It will make India stronger, even more secure and will further peace and harmony", he added.
After the US, Russia and China, India is the fourth country to attain such a specialised and state-of the-art capability.