India has said it shot down a low-orbiting satellite in a missile test that proved the nation was among the world’s most advanced space superpowers.

In an address to the nation just weeks out from a national election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India had joined the united states, Russia and china in accomplishing the feat.

He said a missile fired from a testing facility in Odisha, downed the live satellite in orbit at around 300 kilometres in a difficult operation that lasted around three minutes.