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    A Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) Interceptor takes off to hit one of India's satellites in the first such test, from the Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Island, in the eastern state of Odisha, India, March 27, 2019

    VIDEO of India Testing Anti-Satellite Weapon Appears Online

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    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on 27 March that New Delhi had successfully tested its anti-satellite missile, which hit a target at an altitude of 300 kilometres. According to Modi, India has become the fourth country in the world to possess such a weapon after China, Russia, and the United States.

    India has shown the launch of an anti-satellite rocket that destroyed a spacecraft in low-Earth orbit, the ANI news agency reported, publishing the corresponding video on Twitter.

    During the course of the successful test, the satellite at an altitude of about 300 kilometres (around 186 miles) was destroyed. The rocket's flight time to the target was about three minutes.

    READ MORE: US Air Force Detected India's Successful Anti-Satellite Missile Test

    In April 2018, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies of the United States published a report entitled "Space Threat Assessment 2018", in which China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea were named the main countries that could potentially have various kinds of influence on American satellites.

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