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Rahul Saini asked: Do you think that India should develop its ASAT capability to respond to Chinese ASAT test?

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  • Ajey Lele replies: Yes. Any ASAT test by India on the similar lines to the January 11, 2007 Chinese ASAT test is not advisable. What India could do probably is to conduct a test in the low altitudes (say around 150 to 250km above the earth’s surface, China conducted the test at 850km giving rise to huge amount of space debris dangerous for the health of other satellites) to avoid the problem of space debris. India could also invest into satellite jamming technologies.