- Aug 2015
What I have read is that anti-satellite weapon was not given a go ahead in 2012, because of harmful and dangerous space debris that would be created as a result. The current test has produced some 250 pieces of space debris that are being monitored now by USA. The decision had nothing to do with politics. The test only shows that the ruling BJP is reckless.The Congress party was in power when in 2012 the Govt.of India did not give the go-ahead for the anti-satellite test nor did the provide funds for the DRDO. And one IAF Mig 21 too shot down an F-16 plane. This was done by Wing Commander Abhinandan whose plane was also shot down in the dogfight.
India has not provided any tangible evidence that it shot down an F-16 to convince the international community.
US space debris warning after India test