Sriharikota: ISRO launched the satellite GSAT-7A that connects the Airforce Bases, Radar Stations and AWACS airplanes, air-borne early warning control platforms. The 2250 Kg advanced satellite developed by ISRO will enhance the capabilities of the Indian Airforce to a great extent. This is the 14th satellite launched for use by the defence forces. Before this, ISRO had launched an independent satellite for the Indian Navy.
The GSAT-7A was launched into orbit on Wednesday, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre located at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The launch of this satellite also referred as the Indian Angry Bird has been welcomed by the entire country. This satellite specifically designed for the Indian Airforce, will enable coordinated action by linking the Airbases, Radar stations and AWACS aircrafts. The Airforce will be able to use drones more effectively because of this satellite. The drones are the future of surveillance and targeting remote enemy locations and India has already initiated the processes for acquiring super advanced drones. In that context, it was necessary for the Indian Airforce to acquire these capabilities.
Indian Airforce Chief, B.S.Dhanoa has welcomed the launch of the GSAT-7A and exuded confidence that it will increase the networking and communication of the Airforce. The Indian Airforce has been demanding a satellite of this type for a long time now. Meanwhile, this becomes the 14th satellite launched by ISRO for the defence forces. The previous satellites are being used for surveillance and observation. In 2007, ISRO launched the GSAT-7 for the Indian Navy. This satellite named Rukmini has proved vital for the quick naval communication in the Indian Ocean region.