DEFENCE, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
In this financial year 2022, the Indian Navy is looking to acquire a dedicated earth imaging satellite — Geo Imaging Satellite-2 (GISAT-2) to enhance the navy’s operational capabilities in the Indian Ocean region (IOR). But the timeline for the development of the satellite and launch has not been firmed up yet. IOR is a strategically and geopolitically important region.
This is as part of its modernization and network-centric warfare and communications programme. The central government allotted Rs 45,250 crores for modernization of the Indian Navy under budget estimates for 2022-23. By the year 2026-27, the budget will be allotted more than Rs 2.7-lakh-crores for modernization.
The satellite GISAT-2 is among 21 planned procurements, including some long-term acquisitions as per information from the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Indian Navy to acquire GISAT-2 satellite, apart from GISAT-2, the navy will procure 21 planned things. They are Next-generation missile vessels, fleet support ships (FSS), high and medium altitude long endurance remotely piloted aircraft systems, multi-role carrier-borne fighters, indigenous aircraft carrier-2; next-generation fast attack craft, etc.,
The GISAT-2 will be designed to operate in a geostationary orbit (GEO) to provide near real-time images of large areas of the region of interest at frequent intervals under cloud-free conditions. Gisat-1 configured for civilian use was launched in August 2021, but ISRO failed to put the satellite into the required orbit.