India now has the capability of neutralising antagonistic satellites in space. This was determined by the success of the Interceptor Missile Mission. According to V.K. Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, India is equipped with the necessary technological know how that will help deal with anti – satellite missions. The nation has also decided to keep outer space weapon free.
The Defence Research and Development Organization has conducted 6 interceptor missions so far. 5 out of them have been successful. The capability of the Interceptor missile a test missile called Prithvi was fired from Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Orissa. With the help of adept technology such as directional warhead, fibre-optic gyroscopes and a radio-frequency seeker the devices used in the mission were able to track the trajectory of the ballistic missile and destroy it at the right time before it could explode. All of this happened at radar of 16km above the Bay of Bengal.
Once the ballistic missile was destroyed, its debris rained over the Bay of Bengal to confirm its successful destruction. According to V.K. Saraswat, as per the targets estimated and the data received from the same, 100% success was achieved.
Defence Minister A.K. Antony congratulation the success of the mission and the technologists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). According to Saraswat, the next test would be conducted for a missile with an incoming range of 2000 km at an altitude of 150 km. By integrating with the Air Defence System of the Indian Air Force and the Army, India has planned a 2 phase course in 2012 and 2016 to get its ballistic missile shield ready.
Only countries such as the U.S., Russia, France, Israel and India have the necessary technology to the beat a ballistic missile. China is in the process of working on the same.