New Delhi: Navy will get a dedicated
satellite for making its communication robust and secure and
to also propel its network-centric operations and connectivity
at sea, Defence Minister A K Antony said on Thursday.
"The Navy`s efforts towards network centric
operations and leveraging information technology are laudable.
The launch of the Naval Communication Satellite next year will
significantly improve connectivity at sea," Antony said,
inaugurating the the Navy Senior Officers Conference here.
The satellite, being built by ISRO, would be on a
geo-stationary orbit and would provide an overview of about
600 to 1,000 nautical miles of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR),
which India considers to be its primary area of responsibility
in terms of maritime security.
"The new satellite, which will primarily provide for
communication among naval stations and platforms at sea, is
expected to transform the entire maritime domain awareness of
the Navy," a Navy officer said, when asked about the
At present, Navy depends on foreign satellites for
providing data. Once the geo-stationary satellite is put in
orbit by ISRO, it will provide a secure, independent data link
and network-centric operations capability for the Navy.
Under the Defence Ministry plans for space-based
military assets, Navy would get its dedicated communication
satellite first, followed by the Air Force and the Army.
"US Navy, in fact, has capabilities to track
underwater targets too using its satellites. We are not
looking at that kind of a capability at present. We only want
a secure communication network, as it is easy to intercept
high frequency radio communications which Naval ships like to
avoid," the Navy officer said.
On the need for a dedicated communication satellite,
the officer said the Navy was not getting data of the kind the
ISRO-built satellite would provide in the future.
"At present, we have to depend on polar satellite from
foreign sources. That presents it own kind of problems of
dependability. Hence, we need a satellite of our own," the
Antony also told the conference that the Navy must
double its efforts towards synergising the widely dispersed
intellectual capital available in the country from academia,
research and development organisations and industry.
"Such a synergy would be the right step towards
achieving self-reliance in areas where key technologies are
being used," he added.