The buzz about spying on the India ASAT test by the USA has been the headlines. However, in the latest report, the Pentagon has clearly denied any such accusations of sending any sort of reconnaissance aircraft on the ASAT or India’s anti-satellite in the Indian Ocean for any spying on the development. In addition to this, the reports also state that the first test-fire updates were with the USA about Indian anti-satellite missile.
As per the Lt Col David W Eastburn, the spokesperson of US Defense Department, “No US assets were spying on India. In fact, the US continues to expand its enduring partnership with India, resulting in enhanced interoperability and stronger economic ties,"
Even as per the movement that is monitored at the military end states that the US Air forces have an aircraft reconnaissance from Diego Garcia that is the base. It states that "for a mission in the Bay of Bengal to monitor India's anti-satellite missile test".
Due to these reasons, it was assumed that the USA is trying to spy on India’s famous test of ASAT. However, Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer said, “I don’t think that it implies coordination between India and the US,"
He continued, "This implies that the US intelligence community were aware of the test in advance because to some extent they're spying on India,"
"Everybody spies on their friends as well as their enemies. That's the way the world works these days. It would be surprising if the US were not detecting or observing the launch site and aware of activities preparing for the test. So one assumes that they knew it was coming,"
McDowell is well known as the editor and author of the famous space report and also is a Chandra X-ray Center member. He stated that he is yet to look into the matters but it won’t be surprising to find that the sensor aircraft was launched by the USA to monitor the test.
However, the claims are denied by the Pentagon where Lt. Col Eastburn has taken a lead in the matters. He states, "It's a relationship so strong that no topic is off limits," "Both nations enjoy shared principles regarding our respect of sovereignty, free and fair trade, adherence to international norms, and peaceful resolution of disputes,"
Apart from this, now India comes in the fourth position after Russia, USA, and China due to this test.