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The GSAT 7B and India’s other military satellites

  • IAS NEXT, Lucknow
  • 28, Mar 2022
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GSAT-7B satellite, which recently got the acceptance of necessity from the Defence Ministry, will be a dedicated satellite for the Indian Army.

  • The satellite would help the Indian Army enhance its surveillance in border areas.

Significance of the satellite:

  • The GSAT 7B will primarily fulfil the communication needs of the Army.
  • The use of such a satellite would also mean that the Army’s vast array of radio communication equipment could come under a single platform.

GSAT 7 Satellite series:

They are advanced satellites developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to meet the communication needs of the defence services.

  • The GSAT 7 satellite has a footprint of nearly 2,000 nautical miles in the Indian Ocean region.
  • The GSAT 7 (Rukmini) is India’s first military satellite. It provides a gamut of services for military communication needs, which includes low bit voice rate to high bit rate data facilities, including multi-band communications.
  • The GSAT 7A, launched in 2018, helps in boosting the connectivity between the ground radar stations, airbases and the airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C) of the IAF.