PROJECT AKASHTEER, SARANG SYSTEM AND GSAT 7B

  • The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed three contracts recently.
  • The first contract with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) pertains to the procurement of the Automated Air Defence Control & Reporting System ‘Project Akashteer’ for the Indian Army.
  • The second contract with BEL relates to the acquisition of Sarang Electronic Support Measure (ESM) systems.
  • The contract with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a Central Public Sector Enterprise under the Department of Space, pertains to the procurement of an advanced Communication Satellite, GSAT 7B, which will provide high throughput services to the Indian Army.

About Akashteer:

  • Indian Army’s Air Defence Control and Reporting System (Akash Teer) is being designed and manufactured by Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL).
  • Akash Teer will integrate the Indian Army’s sensors, and weapon systems.
  • It will form a seamless master network, which will fully integrate the full spectrum of air operations by any of the forces.
  • Project Akashteer will empower the Air Defence units of the Indian Army with an indigenous, state-of-the-art capability, to effectively operate in an integrated manner.
  • Akashteer will enable monitoring of low-level airspace over the battle areas of the Indian Army and effectively control the Ground Based Air Defence Weapon Systems.

Sarang Systems

  • Sarang is an advanced Electronic Support Measure system for helicopters of the Indian Navy.
  • It is designed and developed indigenously by the Defence Electronics Research Laboratory, Hyderabad under the programme Samudrika.

Advanced Communication Satellite

  • The satellite will considerably enhance the communication beyond-line-of-sight communication capability of the Indian Army by providing mission-critical to troops and formations as well as weapon and airborne platforms.
  • The geostationary satellite, being a first-of-its-kind in the five-tonne category, will be developed indigenously by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB

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