Indian Navy Plans to Acquire Gisat-2 Satellite to Boost Capacity in IOR

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.

 

   Important points for the exam:

  • The Indian Navy is looking to acquire a dedicated earth imaging satellite — Geo Imaging Satellite-2 (GISAT-2) in this current fiscal year 2022.
  • The acquisition of GISAT-2 is to enhance the navy’s operational capabilities in the Indian Ocean region (IOR). IOR is a strategically and geopolitically important region.
  • This is as part of the modernization and network-centric warfare and communications programme of the Indian Navy. For which the central government allotted Rs 45,250 crores for modernization of the Indian Navy under budget estimates for 2022-23. 
  • 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.
  • Geo Imaging Satellite or GISAT is an Indian imaging satellite class for geostationary orbit with a high temporal resolution, meant for providing near real-time imaging with fast revisit capability and real-time monitoring.

   Facts to know:

  • Indian Navy was formed in 1950.
  • Indian Navy day: 4th December.
  • Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral R. Hari Kumar.
  • Union Minister of Defence: Mr.Rajnath Singh.

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