Indian Air Force Inaugurates New Secure Network AFNET

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  1. charlie

    charlie Regular Member

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    The Indian Air Force is getting all digital with the communication with the state-of-the-art digital information grid by dedicating Air Force Network (AFNET), a fully secure and reliable network to the nation making it a true net-centric combat force. The AFNET replaces the IAF’s old communication network set-up using the tropo-scatter technology of the 1950s.

    So now it will be hard for the enemies to decode or hack into the system as it has a dedicated network for the airforces itself


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    PTI: India's Joint Nuclear Command Wants 40 Nuclear Strike Jets

    A befuddling report on the wires. The Press Trust of India, reports that India's joint nuclear command -- the Strategic Forces Command -- is looking to procure 40 fighters for two dedicated strategic strike squadrons. The report indicates that while the Indian Air Force's Mirage-2000s, Jaguars and Su-30MKIs have so far been earmarked for the nuclear strike profile, the SFC wants two squadrons of its own. The report says nothing more.

    If this report is accurate, the obvious questions would be: (a) Why does the SFC need its own fighters -- why can't it continue to depend on available IAF assets? (b) Why the need to ramp up the air-delivered leg of the nuclear triad when Indian doctrine points to more substantive deterrence from strategic land-based missiles and an SSBN fleet, and far less on air-delivered deterrence? (c) Why does a nuclear strike fleet need as many as 40 aircraft? (d) Does India have the kind of stand-off nuclear weapon capability to justify such a fresh induction of assets? (e) If the SFC were to get its own "mini air force", would these still be operated by the IAF? (f) In which case, what difference would it make?

    A totally separate but tantalizing coincidence -- in June, Dassault offered the IAF a fast-track sale of 40 Rafales to shore up squadron strength ahead of the MMRCA induction. The Rafale is also the only aircraft explicitly described in its bid document as a nuclear capable strike fighter. Answers to those questions above and more details later this evening.

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  4. charlie

    charlie Regular Member

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    Well as far as i can guess it will reduce ample amount of time to strike i mean all the nuclear bombs are with SFC and in case of nuke war they have to be delivered to the airforce the aircraft that have to carry it will take a little time to modify so that it can carry nuke, and if SFC will have it's own mini airforce it will be part of IAF but will be commanded by SFC just like the United States Strategic Command
     
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    The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) has submitted a proposal to the Defence Ministry for setting up two dedicated squadrons of fighter aircraft which will act as "mini-Air Force", ministry sources said. This will be the first time that SFC, which at present depends on the Indian Air Force for delivering nuclear weapons under its command, will have its own aerial assets.
     
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    The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) going to control 40 Nuclear Strike Jets , nuclear submarines , agni and prithvi missiles........
    how many nuclear war heads SFC going to have ?
     
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    Air Force Network (AFNet) frees frequencies for telecom



    “I have bin Laden”, gasped the French sniper, squinting into the telescopic sight of his long-range rifle in Afghanistan. If a documentary film by two well-known journalists is credible, this was the first of two occasions, six months apart in 2003 and 2004, when just a trigger squeeze would have eliminated the world’s most famous terrorist. But on both occasions, according to the documentary, poor communication links meant that US commanders took two hours to authorize the killing. By then, bin Laden had gone.

    While the incident is denied by the French military, everyone agrees that real-time communications are crucial for seizing fleeting opportunities in today’s fast-paced battlefield. “Network-centric” warfare, which major militaries aspire to, links sensors, decision-makers and shooters onto a single grid, to reduce delays that might allow targets to escape. In New Delhi today, the Indian Air Force took a giant step towards “network-centric” warfare by inaugurating AFNet (or Air Force Network), a secure, gigabyte-capacity, digital radio network that links IAF command posts, fighter bases, radars, missile batteries and airborne fighters into a seamless whole.

    At the laser-enlivened inauguration ceremony, Defence Minister AK Antony and Minister for Communications & IT A Raja watched an IAF command post, set up next to them, direct the interception, by a pair of Indian MiG-29 fighters, of two simulated enemy fighters that had intruded into Indian airspace. After the MiG-29s, which were actually airborne 8000 metres above Punjab, had shot down the intruders, Antony chatted with the pilot over radio, congratulating him and ordering him back to base.

    “A dream has come true for the IAF”, declared Air Chief Marshall PV Naik. “All IAF bases are now inter-connected. And, best of all, AFNet has been completed quicker than any other defence project.”

    Begun just four years ago, the Rs 1077 crore AFNet has been developed as a public-private project by BSNL, HCL Infosystems, and Cisco Systems. The system has already been installed in IAF stations across the country, including in the south. One of the two Integrated Air Command Centres (IACC), the hub-centres that watch over and protect Indian airspace, is already activated.

    A key feature of AFNet’s successful development has been close liaison between the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Ministry of Communications and IT (MoCIT). Providing impetus to this cooperation is the “Network for Spectrum” principle, which binds the MoD to release frequency spectrum to the MoCIT as optic fibre-based networks like AFNet reduce the military’s reliance on radio communications. The MoCIT plans to use the released spectrum for extending 2G and 3G mobile telephony services to the public.

    Communications minister, A Raja, welcomed AFNet as vital for increasing India’s teledensity from the current 50% towards the 100% mark. “It is a pleasure to know that the IAF has successfully implemented its ‘Network for Spectrum’ component, the AFNet”, declared Raja. “This will now enable the defence services to permanently release spectrum for the growth of commercial mobile services.”

    But the defence minister indicated that more needed to be done before the MoD released a sizeable chunk of spectrum. Speaking immediately after Raja, Antony responded, “I would like to remind my colleague in the Ministry of Communications and IT… (that) even though I am very happy, I am not fully happy. I will be fully happy when… the army and navy will (also) be provided with network-centric capabilities. I am waiting for that day to celebrate jointly again like this.”

    HCL Infosystems Chairman & CEO, Ajai Chowdhry, told Business Standard that the IAF used more frequency than the army and the navy, and that the implementation of AFNet would free about 35 Megahertz of frequency for civilian usage. But military sources pointed out that this frequency would be released in tranches rather than simultaneously.

    For the IAF, which has relied since the late-1950s on vintage troposcatter-based communications, AFNet is a vital step forward. Says Air Vice Marshall Kapil Kak of the Centre for Air Power Studies, an IAF think-tank, “AFNet is upgradeable and will soon link Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) and space-based systems with the current network. And, within five years, I see AFNet being extended to the army and navy as well.”

    Courtesy Ajay Shukla
     
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    THIS IS A SAAB VIDEO OF NETWORK CENTRIC WARFARE
    YouTube - Network Enabled Capability

    but i cant understand one thing, that is this system is deployed now and to pase this system out will take more then 60 or 70 years then why is India going for a bit low tech called MPLS when it could wait for few months and go for VPLS which is far more better & safer then MPLS
     
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    Payeng Daku Mongol Singh

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    Hi all can anyone enlighten me how many nations practise fully dedicated network centric warfare capabilities and what is the current status of china regarding network centric capabilities?
     
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    only one who are capable of doing so are USA and to some extent NATO and Israel. India has started to work in this regard but we have a long distance to cover before we can have complete network centric warfare capability. Regarding China even god will not be able to tell the truth.
     
  11. charlie

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    http://www.tejasnetworks.com
    Check out this company, it's indian and they are giving STM level solution too.

    They are working on MPLS too, hope they get a share of defence pie
     

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