DRDO Chief G Satheesh Reddy on Saturday said that the space debris created by Mission Shakti, wherein India tested an anti-satellite missile, will decay within 45 days.
Talking to media after a special presentation on Mission Shakti, Reddy said that the test will work for deterrence in case of space warfare.
"Space has gained importance in the military domain. When a country like India has done an exercise like this and shown the capability of interception of a target, you have shown the capability for such operations. The best way of defence is to have deterrence," he told media.
The space debris created by Mission Shakti had come under criticism after US space agency NASA issued a statement saying that India's action created 400 pieces of junk which endanger International Space Station.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in its initial statement had said the test was done in the lower atmosphere to ensure there is no space debris. "Whatever debris that is generated will decay and fall back onto the earth within weeks," it said.