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I want to assure the world community that the new capability is not against anyone.

"India has always maintained that space should not be an area for warfare and that remains unchanged in spite of this test", Mr Modi declared in a televised address to the nation.

"If we wreck space, we're not getting it back", he said, without mentioning India by name.

"India has no intention of entering into an arms race in outer space", the statement adds. "Space is a place where people should have the freedom to operate", Shanahan told a small group of reporters on Wednesday, without saying whether he believed India's test left debris.

The technology developed in the BMD programme, which were part of ASAT missile, featured advanced technologies - long range tracking radar, mission control algorithms to integrate sensors and interceptor missiles, hardware, development of onboard seekers, guidance and control algorithms to achieve sub millimetre miss distance.

It comes a month after Indian and Pakistani fighter jets engaged in a dogfight over the disputed border in Kashmir - a serious military escalation between the nuclear-armed rivals. The leitmotif of this Indian stratagem was in play during the air strikes against terror training camps in Pakistan.

Taking a jibe at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailing the anti-satellite test as a major breakthrough in its space programme, the FO spokesperson quipped that "boasting of such capabilities is reminiscent of Don Quixote's tilting against windmills. This is to secure and defend.fast-growing India".

Pallava Bagla, a science writer at the New Delhi Television Channel, said that by successfully hitting the fast-moving satellite, India had crossed a "very significant threshold".

"This is how the message is going to be perceived in Islamabad".

China's foreign ministry said it hoped all countries could "earnestly protect lasting peace and tranquillity in space", while Russian Federation declined to make any immediate comment.

India has successfully tested a "satellite killer" missile that has far-reaching strategic implications. Beijing is also developing futuristic laser weapons.

Indian defence chiefs have been concerned about China's advances in military space projects, which tested its own "satellite killer" in 2007.

Lele added that a political decision was required as conducting anti-satellite missiles tests could attract global criticism over issues of adding to debris in space and accusations of militarising space.

"At the same time, the government is committed to ensuring the country's national security interests and is alert to threats from emerging technologies".

Lele of IDSA said India had already developed Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) technology and along with it came the know-how behind ASAT.

Voting starts April 11 and will last almost 6 weeks, with close to 900 million Indians eligible to vote in the world's largest election.

Many others pointed out DRDO should have made the announcement.

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