Defence Ministry clears Rs 4,000 crores surveillance satellite project to keep an eye on China, Pak borders

New Delhi: A ‘made-in-India’ dedicated satellite would be soon made available for the Indian Army. The satellite will help surveillance along borders, especially with China and Pakistan.

In a key move, the Defence Ministry on Tuesday, March 22, cleared a Rs 4,000 crore proposal for a dedicated surveillance satellite to keep an eye on the activities along the borders with China and Pakistan.

Sources said the project for the satellite GSAT 7B would be carried out in partnership with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and would help the Indian Army enhance its surveillance in border areas. The proposal for the Rs 4000 crore project was cleared by the Defence Acquisition Council.

The Indian Navy and Air Force already have dedicated satellites of their own, and the latest approval will help the Indian Army achieve the capability to have its own surveillance.

After a severe border standoff in May 2020, the Indian Army has been working towards upgrading capabilities and strengthening its surveillance assets, including drones along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.

The satellite built by ISRO would also help the ‘Make in India’ programme initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to develop
indigenous industry in the country.

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