Ready with a plan for the space domain: IAF: The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Gandhinagar, October 20

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has mapped out a roadmap to explore the space domain and the immediate goal is to build a communication system across space, said the head of the IAF, the Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari.

Drone network in mind

The concept of manned and unmanned fighter jets is futuristic. The IAF will first seek to establish a network of drones. Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari

“The IAF’s plan for utilizing the space domain includes surveillance, positioning and targeting,” the IAF chief told some reporters on the sidelines of DefExpo-2022 here today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday launched the “DefSpace Mission” which will enable the private sector to provide defense forces with innovative solutions for 75 objects used in the space sector.

On the development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), the Air Chaudhari chief said, “The IAF is studying several types of systems.”

This will include small drones up to medium altitude long endurance and high altitude long endurance drones.

When asked, the IAF chief said: “The concept of manned and unmanned combat aircraft is futuristic. The IAF will first seek to establish a network of drones.

Currently, the IAF operates a satellite, GSAT-7A, which is equipped with Ku-band transponders and links IAF combat aircraft, airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platforms, UAVs, ground radar stations and major airbases.

Last November, the MoD approved the GSAT-7C to provide the IAF with secure communication.

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