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CCS approves setting up of Defence Space Research Agency

Date: 12 June 2019 Tags: Policy

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved proposal of setting up of the Defence Space Research Agency (DSRO). It has been entrusted with the task of creating space warfare weapon systems and technologies. The decision of creating DSRA was taken at topmost level some time ago and it has started taking shape under Joint Secretary-level scientist.

DSRO

It will develop sophisticated weapon systems and technologies for the purpose. It will be provided with team of scientists which will be working in close coordination with the tri-services integrated Defence staff officers.  It will provide research and development (R&D) support to Defence Space Agency (DSA) which comprises members of the three services

Defence Space Agency (DSA): It is mandated to help country fight wars in the space. It has been set up in Bengaluru under Air Vice Marshal-rank officer. It comprises members of all the three services. It will gradually take over the space-related capabilities of the three forces.

ASAT test

In March 2019, India had carried out the Anti Satellite Test (ASAT) which demonstrated its capability to shoot down satellites in space. With it, India had joined elite club of four nations with similar capability. The test also helped India to develop deterrence capability against adversaries who may want to attack Indian satellites to cripple systems in times of war.