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Indian Army likely to get independent communication satellite capability

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Indian Army likely to get independent communication satellite capability
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The Indian Army is likely to get independent communication satellite capability very shortly. The Rs 4,000 crore project involves having two indigenously developed and built satellites and once they are delivered, one will be in the air with a spare also available. Currently, the army was having to share satellite facilities with the Navy and Air Force.

As it will be indigenous, it will be in tune with the country’s atmanirbharata ethos. It will also ensure no need for long-drawn acquisition processes.

Having an independent satellite will have several major benefits:

1. It will ensure the Army unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs have the ability to be more useful over longer distances.

2. The Army’s vast array of radio communication equipment could come under a single platform

.3. It could be a help at a time the Army is shifting to satellite radio and in the future, software-defined radios.In the recent past, the Army has tried the Mobile Communication Cellular Service in the 15 and 16 Corps areas of Jammu and Kashmir and also, in the 3 Corps area in the North-East. The Army, of course, has ASCON, the static network.

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