India approves new agency to develop space-based weapons

12 June 2019

India’s federal government has approved the formation of the Defence Space Research Agency (DSRA) to further develop and augment the country’s warfare capabilities in outer space.

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), which is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, recently sanctioned the creation of the DSRA, which will be headed by a senior scientist and operate under the overall control of the multi-service Integrated Defence Staff (IDS).

The DSRA, which is expected to become operational later this year, is set to conduct research and development and provide technical support to the newly created Defence Space Agency (DSA), the latter of which is based in Bangalore and headed by a two-star Indian Air Force (IAF) officer.

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