- Jul 12, 2014
Military applications of Indian Space program
Is NavIC ready for full-blown military coverage? The news reports are kinda mixed if we carefully see.Space is deemed the fourth dimension of military warfare after land, sea, and air, and it has been quickly advancing as the critical sphere for strategic advantage during war and peace. However, four nations -- the United States, Russia, China, and India -- have shown the capabilities to...defence.capital
India needs 4-6 dedicated military satellites for surveillance on the Chinese border.
India China news: Security agencies seek four to six dedicated satellites for keeping close eye on Chinese military activities | India News - Times of IndiaIndia News: Seeking to keep a closer eye on the activities of the Chinese military both near the Indian territory as well as in its depth areas all along the 4,00timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Navic positioning system to be treated as an allied system.
Indigenously developed, NAVIC is an autonomous regional satellite navigation system that provides accurate real-time positioning and timing services. As per the NDAA 2020, approved by a bicameral conference report, the NAVIC system of India would be treated as “allied system” at par with the...m.economictimes.com
They aren't even going to announce even if they have initiated its operations.Is NavIC ready for full-blown military coverage? The news reports are kinda mixed if we carefully see.
As for the need of dedicated satellites, why are we so reactionary? Shouldn't military coverage be the priority for MoD and ISRO?
As India celebrates Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav to mark the 75h year of Independence, 75 challenges, providing a holistic overview of stages of space mission, have been curated to boost the country's space-related defence preparedness within the 1967 Outer Space Treaty. The challenges will come alive on the Defence Ministry website, the moment PM Modi presses the button in Gandhinagar.
The government has classified the challenges into five technology buckets - launch systems, satellite systems, communication and payload systems, ground systems, and software systems.
With the domain of warfare expanding beyond land, air, sea, and into space, the Defence Space Mission is being set up with multiple dual use technologies to provide fillip to the nascent space industry in India. It is learnt that this timely government encouragement could make India a front leader in second space age, characterized by rapid privatisation of space.
India’s development is highly dependent on space based technologies like NavIC, remote sensing, and space based internet. The Space Defence Mission will provide a boost to space based tech with multiple civilian and military applications.
The proposed 75 challenges have been categorized into various initiatives of the Department of Defence Production with some 35 open to more than 50 identified start-ups, 20 under Make 1 with partial government funding and remaining 20 under heavy government funding route.
While the DRDO has agreed in principle to hand-hold the industries by providing technical consultancy and access to facilities, the ISRO has also agreed to support the mission through tech support, procuring and inducting dual use technologies on productization.
It is understood that the ownership, Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ), and projected development budget of each challenge was ascertained from the end users, like Indian Army, Indian Air Force, and Indian Navy, and based on inputs, the list of challenges to be launched has been finalized.
There have been multiple rounds of meetings of all stakeholders conducted with the defence secretary and additional secretary of defence production. Defence minister Rajnath Singh has also reviewed the progress of the mission.
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