Defense Ministry approves Rs 4,000 crore proposal for surveillance satellite

The Indian Army has been helping towards boosting capabilities along with enhancing its surveillance aids comprising drones along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China

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In a suggestion to fund a dedicated surveillance satellite to hold an eye on the activities along the borders with China and Pakistan, the Defence Ministry gave a ₹4,000 crore proposal. The Indian Navy and Air Force already have assigned satellites of their own and the authorization to this will enable the Indian Army to attain the ability.

Government sources notified ANI, “The Defence Acquisition Council meeting on Tuesday accepted the recommendation for a made in India committed satellite for the Indian Army. The project for the satellite GSAT 7B will be conducted in partnership with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and would enable the Indian Army to enhance its surveillance in border areas.”

The Indian Army has been helping towards boosting capabilities along with enhancing its surveillance aids comprising drones along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China since the military standoff with the neighbouring nation from April-May 2020,

The satellite built by ISRO would also assist the Make in India programme begun by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to create an indigenous industry in the nation, defence officials announced.

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