India today tested ASAT Missile making it a part of elite club of Space Super Powers. While we rojoice having capability to showcase our force in space, lets find out which other countries have Anti-Satellite Capability.
1. USA :
The USA was finally successful to launch its first space satellite missile om 13th September 1985. The F-15 took off from Edwards Air Force Base climbed to 38,100 feet (11,613 m) and vertically launched the missile at the Solwind, a U.S. gamma ray spectroscopy satellite orbiting at 555 km (345 mi), which was launched in 1979.On February 21, 2008, the U.S. Navy destroyed the malfunctioning U.S. spysatellite USA-193 using a ship-fired RIM-161 Standard Missile
2. Russia :
The world’s first successful intercept was completed in February 1970 by Russia. The first successful test (the second overall) achieved 32 hits (each could penetrate 100mm of armor).
3. China :
On January 11, 2007, the People’s Republic of China successfully destroyed a defunct Chinese weather satellite, FY-1C. The destruction was reportedly carried out by an SC-19 ASAT missile with a kinetic kill warhead similar to that of USA.
4. Israel :
The Arrow 3 or Hetz 3 is an anti-ballistic missile, currently in service. It provides exo-atmospheric interception of ballistic missiles. It is also believed by experts such as Prof. Yitzhak Ben Yisrael, chairman of the Israel Spy Agency, that it will operate as an ASAT.