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Piggybacking Anti-Satellite Technologies on Ballistic Missile Defense

Bharath Gopalaswamy and Gaurav Kampani | Proliferation Analysis


In January 2007 China successfully tested an anti-satellite missile system. That test, although primarily meant as a warning shot across America's bow, also helped concentrate New Delhi's mind to begin fashioning policy responses to the militarization of space.

The former head of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Dr. Kasturirangan, typified India's response when he noted: "obviously we start worrying... India has spent a huge sum to develop its capabilities and place assets in space... there is a need to look at means to securing these." The scientific advisor to the Indian defense minister also warned that China's test could possibly lead ISRO and the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) to collaborate in developing satellite kill technologies.     Full Article

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