In an attempt to keep an eye over the activities of our unfriendly neighbours, India has procured a high-tech Israeli satellite called Radar Satellite (RISAT-2) that is capable of day and night monitoring. The satellite is equipped to keep an eye even through thick clouds and can also track incoming hostile ballistic missiles.
The satellite is set to be launched in a few weeks by using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) at India s space port Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on the east coast. Weighing at 300 kgs, this is the first satellite of its kind in the country. This is a welcome move given the security scenario of India, especially after the Mumbai terrorist attacks. The current satellites are not capable of monitoring during the night and during monsoons.
Although, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was coming up with its own RadarSat at a cost of nearly four billion Indian rupees (about $80 million), this purchase was made given the tense security scenario India. RadarSat will launched later in 2009 and giving India a constellation of spy satellites.