India Looks to Roll Out More Space Weaponry After Satellite-Killer Test

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The successful test of India’s brand new anti-satellite weapon last month has drawn criticism from NASA and Pakistan, but New Delhi does not plan to stop yet. The capabilities under development include directed-energy and laser weapons – arms that have been popularised by video games but have not been seen in real life yet.

India has been developing “space deterrence” technologies which would be able to knock out enemy satellites, the country’s military research chief has revealed.

“We are working on a number of technologies like DEWs (directed-energy weapons), lasers, electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and co-orbital weapons etc. I can’t divulge the details, but we are taking them forward,” G. Satheesh Reddy, the head of India’s military R&D agency DRDO, told reporters on Saturday, according to The Times of India.

Directed-energy weapons, which today still remain experimental, generate a targeted non-lethal or lethal beam; types of DEWs include lasers, microwave weapons, sonic weapons, and particle-beam weapons.

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Co-orbital anti-satellite weapons are satellites armed with, for instance, explosives or lasers, which can destroy or disrupt an adversary’s space assets.

G. Satheesh Reddy was quoted as saying that the government is to decide on the “weaponisation” of anti-satellite systems or the creation of an Aerospace Military Command, adding that India does not intend…

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