Mission Shakti – Hyderabad’s Research Centre Imarat (RCI) was behind the entire design and development of the ingenuously built Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) missile, which was used to bring down a live satellite.
Chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Dr G. Satheesh Reddy oversaw ‘Mission Shakti’ and congratulated the scientists for putting India on the elite list of countries who developed such missile systems.
According to senior defense researchers here, the success of ‘ Mission Shakti ’ owed a lot to nearly 70 missile scientists, who relentlessly worked for over half a decade at RCI, along with a few other defense establishments at APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex, for the Indian Ballistic Missile Development (BMD) programme.
Senior scientists told Telangana Today that the RCI researchers employed a modified version of exo-atmospheric missile, which brought down the satellite on Wednesday. Even the mission’s critical missile avionics, which were part of the ASAT interceptor missile, were designed by the Hyderabad researchers.
“The foundation and nurturing of the Indian ballistic missile shield is under way at various defence establishments in RCI and APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex. The technology in ballistic missiles is highly advanced and credit must go to our scientists for developing them indigenously,” a senior defence scientist said.
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.
Researchers said the success of ASAT missile reflects improved technical capabilities of RCI scientists in developing advanced guidance and control of missiles, avionics, radars, seekers and missile propulsion. According to researchers, between 2015 and 2018, a number of trials were carried out to demonstrate the ability of the ballistic missile development shield in exo-atmosphere i.e. beyond atmosphere or space.