In 2013 when China tested fire its dedicated anti-satellite weapon Dong Neng – 02 or DN-02. China after testing anti-satellite missile promoted another dimension of the modern warfare which will take the destruction to space, the main reason behind testing the anti-satellite weapon is to try out the strategy to destroy enemy satellites establishment and crippled its military movements.
China has tested ASAT previously in 2007 when they target their own weather satellite Feng Yun 1-C weather satellite in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) with KT-1 rocket, India was observing China’s moving quietly while working on their ballistic missile project and anti-ballistic missile projects.
During an interview in 2012, Dr. V.K. Saraswat, who was the chief of India’s premier defence research organisation DRDO stated that India has all building blocks to develop an ASAT, but he was criticized for this statement but he suggested that Saraswat suggested that India’s anti-ballistic missile (ABM) defense program could be utilized as an ASAT weapon, along with its Agni series of missiles. This was corroborated by DRDO, which said that the Indian Ballistic Missile Defense Program can incorporate anti-satellite weapon development.
India has already attended the capabilities of developing and sending such weapons to its target after ISRO developed GSLV rocket which can carry weight upto 2 ton and fulfill the prerequisite of developing such weapon. The claim of ex-DRDO’s chief cannot be just ignored because whatever he suggested isn’t only an assumption or myth, but the United State has already tried this idea when they adopted its ABM system to deorbit USA 193 in 2008.
Some Indian scientist has doubted India’s capabilities of developing particular equipment required to develop an ASAT weapon like space-based sensors, synthetic aperture radars, electronics, a sound navigation system, guidance and control, and global positioning systems. A number of different types of sensors, including infrared sensors, optical sensors, electronic-optical sensors, and magnetic sensors are vital to monitor, detect, and help in sensing the events.
India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and its space programming is growing even faster, hence doubting the capabilities of the nation who reached the Mars in just one attempt will be stupidity, we hope India will carry out a dedicated anti-satellite missile test in next 5 years.