how will the GSAT-7a military communication satellite help the IAF?

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The 26-hour countdown for the launch of ISRO’s (Indian Space Research Organisation) communication satellite GSAT-7A from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota concluded on Wednesday at 4.10 pm when the launch vehicle GSLV-F11 lifted off the ISRO’s 7th mission for the year 2018 from SDSC. This was the 13th flight of GSLV-Mk II.

With the mission life of eight years, the 2,250-kilogram geostationary communication satellite which is modelled on the GSAT-7 satellite built for the Indian Navy is meant to strengthen country’s Armed forces communication capabilities. This 39th Indian communication satellite of ISRO will provide communication capability to users in Ku-band frequency over the whole Indian region.

As per the ISRO’s website, the GSLV-F11 will place the satellite into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and it will be placed in its final Geostationary Orbit using the onboard propulsion systems.

The GSLV-F11 is ISRO’s fourth generation launch vehicle with three stages. The four liquid strap-ons and a solid rocket motor at the core form the first stage of the launch vehicle, while the second stage is equipped with high thrust engine using liquid fuel, said ISRO.

Importance for Indian Airforce ::

The successful launch of the satellite will end the long pending demand of Indian Defence forces as the satellite will act as a force multiplier by interlinking all assets like ground radar stations, airbases and airborne early warning control aircraft (AWACS), drones and ground stations, fighter planes etc.

The interlinking will provide for better network-centric capabilities for Indian Air Force which will impart expertise to our Airforce in detection of aircraft from a long distance, facilitating better air-to-air and air to surface communication between aircrafts, strengthening of surveillance system etc. The satellite once in the orbit will also control and enhance the range of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and drones so that they can attack their targets more precisely.

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