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First satellite for armed forces due in a month

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The armed forces are ready to receive their first-ever dedicated military satellite, a naval surveillance and communications one, as part of their long-standing quest to effectively harness the final frontier of space.
The geo-stationary naval satellite has been shipped out for its launch which is expected t0 take place within a month. There will be a new post of assistant chief of naval staff (communications, space and network-centric operations) at the Navy head-quarters over the weekend.
The satellite, with an over 1,000 nautical mile footprint over the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) stretching from Africa’s east coast right till Malacca Strait, will enable the Navy to network all its warships, submarines and aircraft with operational centres ashore through high-speed data-links.

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