ISRO is all setto launch a dedicated communication satellite for Indian Air force in the 3rd week of December and expected date is 19th december, 2018. Isro has launched PSLV C43 mission in last week of november this year. in which GSAT 29 satellite has launched with 30 other nano and micro satellite. Isro has also launched GSAT 11 in last week which will enable 5G services in India.
Speaking to The Times of India, ISRO chairman K Sivan said that ISRO GSAT-7A would be the dedicated communication satellite for IAF.
“In January, there will be a PSLV launch and then communication satellite GSAT 31 will be launched from French Guiana that will replace the INSAT 4CR, whose end of life is expected soon. And then we have the Chandrayaan-2 mission in January whose launch window is from 3 January to 13 February,” said Sivan talking about ISRO’s future plans.
Speaking to Financial Express, a senior official said that the Indian armed forces have been asking for dedicated satellites only for military use as the move towards network-centric warfare including land, air and sea assets needed to be connected via space technology.
What is GSAT-7A ?
GSAT-7A would be placed in the geostationary orbit and this communication satellite is expected to help the IAF to interlink different ground radar stations, airbases and AWACS (Airborne Warning And Control System) aircraft. The idea is to improve the IAF’s network-centric warfare capabilities.
The estimated cost of this satellite is around Rs 500 crores to Rs. 800 crores and it has expected lifetime of 9 years. The satellite will weigh 2.2 tonnes and will be launched by the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mk II) rocket.
The GSAT 7 series was launched in 2013 as a dedicated communications satellite for the Indian Navy, which made the Navy completely independent of relying on foreign satellites for its blue water capabilities, thanks to GSAT 7 having a 2,000 nautical mile footprint. This helps in providing real-time inputs to Indian warships, submarines and maritime aircraft.
,The IAF would also be getting the GSAT-7C in a few years, to boost the network-centric operations.