Army to get satellite, will help provide mission-critical data
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed three contracts worth ₹5,400 crore — two with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) worth ₹2,400 crores for procurement of Automated Air Defence Control and Reporting System ‘Project Akashteer’ for the Army and Sarang Electronic Support Measure (ESM) systems for the Navy. Another ₹2,963-crore contract is with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a Central Public Sector Enterprise under the Department of Space, for an advanced communication satellite, GSAT 7B, for the Army.
Points to ponder:
The ‘Project Akashteer’ Automated Air Defence Control and Reporting system will provide the Indian Army’s Air Defence units with a unique, cutting-edge capability to operate in an integrated manner.
Akashteer will allow the Indian army to watch low-level airspace over battle regions and successfully manage Ground Based Air Defence Weapon systems.
Sarang is an advanced Electronic Support Measure device for Indian Navy helicopters that was created and built in-house by the Defense Electronics Research Laboratory in Hyderabad as part of the Samudrika project.
Both initiatives will promote Indian electronics and associated sectors, including MSMEs that are BEL subcontractors, to participate. The scheme will also help to generate roughly two lakh man-days of employment over three years.
The satellite will significantly improve the Indian Army’s communication capacity by enabling mission-critical, beyond-line-of-sight contact with soldiers and divisions and weapon and aerial platforms. The geostationary spacecraft, the first of its kind in the five-tonne class, will be built entirely in India by Indian Space Research Organizations.