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Modi hails India as a 'space superpower' after satellite kill

Missile test helps New Delhi boost defenses against Beijing

NEW DELHI -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday proclaimed that India had joined the global space elite after shooting down a low-orbit satellite with a missile.

"India has become a space superpower," he said in a rare televised address to the nation. He said the country was now the fourth after the U.S., Russia and China to develop its own antisatellite (ASAT) missile.

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