- 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.
- 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 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