The Indian Navy (IN) has signed an INR15.89 billion (USD230 million) deal with the government-owned Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the supply of a ‘dedicated’ surveillance and communication satellite.
Official sources told Jane’s that the agreement, signed on 11 June, is for the multi-band GSAT-7R satellite, which is fitted with UHF-, S-, C-, and Ku-band transponders and is scheduled for launch in 2020.
The sources said that the new satellite is expected to augment the IN’s surveillance and maritime domain awareness capabilities in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and enhance communication between the service’s aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, warships, submarines, and other assorted naval assets with shore-based units.
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