Context: A model of Anti Satellite (A-SAT) Missile installed inside the DRDO Bhawan premises was unveiled recently by Raksha Mantri.

More on the news:

  • The demonstration of Fire Detection and Suppression System (FDSS) for Passenger Buses was also carried out. 
  • Demonstrations were given on Water Mist Based FDSS for Passenger Compartment and Aerosol Based FDSS for an engine fire.
    • DRDO’s Centre for Fire Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES), Delhi has developed the technology.
    • It can detect the fire in the passenger compartment in less than 30 sec and then suppresses it in 60 sec thereby reducing the risk to life and property to a significant extent.

Mission Shakti:

  • Mission Shakti’ was the country’s first-ever Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile Test successfully conducted on 27th March 2019 from Dr AP J Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha.
    • Here a fast-moving Indian orbiting target satellite in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) was neutralized with pinpoint accuracy. 
    • This was a highly complex mission, conducted at extremely high speed with remarkable precision.
  • The successful conduct of Mission Shakti made India the fourth nation in the world with the capability to defend its assets in outer space.

Is India entering into an arms race in outer space?

  • India has no intention of weaponization of outer space.
  • India believes that outer space is the common heritage of humankind.
  • India is a party to the Outer Space Treaty which prohibits only weapons of mass destruction in outer space, not ordinary weapons.
  • India also supported UNGA resolution 69/32 on No First Placement of Weapons on Outer Space.
  • India has been participating in all sessions of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.