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Former DRDO chief takes on Shivshankar Menon for his comments on A-SAT testing

“The importance of such technology was highlighted to him. The Prime Minister showed the courage and vision to go ahead with the project,” he said.

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Updated: Apr 01, 2019, 09.58 AM IST

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Dr Saraswat also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the team of scientists for the successful test of India’s first anti-satellite weapon–A-SAT.

HYDERABAD: Former National Security Advisor (NSA)

Shivshankar Menon

‘s comments that the permission was never sought during the

UPA regime

for testing anti-satellite (A-SAT) missile are ‘erroneous’ and ‘a flight of imagination,’ said former Defence Research and Development Organisation (

DRDO

) chief Dr

VK Saraswat

on Sunday.

“The comments made by Shivshankar Menon were erroneous and a flight of imagination,” said Dr Saraswat, also a NITI Aayog member, while referring to Menon’s interview to a news portal where he claimed that Dr Saraswat “never asked me for permission for A-SAT test.”

Talking to ANI, Dr Saraswat said that he had made an “informal presentation” to him and as there was no response from the government and no necessary financial resources were provided, they did not go ahead with the programme.

“At that time, we had said that we are going to do two experiments, one with electronically simulated satellite trajectory and launching an interceptor against that to avoid debris in the environment. On the success of this, we had planned to do a test with the real satellite trajectory,” he had stated.

“It was during the tenure of Manohar Parrikar as the Defence Minister of India that the proposal was put forth by Dr G Satheesh Reddy, current Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval shared the details with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The importance of such technology was highlighted to him. The Prime Minister showed the courage and vision to go ahead with the project,” he said.

Dr Saraswat also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the team of scientists for the successful test of India’s first anti-satellite weapon–A-SAT.

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Prakash Poojary
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