New Delhi: In order to boost its strategic preparations and deal with the challenges emerging out in the neighbourhood, the Indian Navy is all set to have its own satellite by March 2011.

According to reports, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) may launch the satellite meant for fulfilling military requirements in the beginning of the next year. The proposed satellite aims at providing better communication and telecast facility between Navy and its battleships deployed at far sea.

As per sources in the project, the satellite will be competent enough to fulfill the communication needs of the Indian Navy.

The precaution would be taken while propelling the satellite from the Earth’s orbit into the sky so that it can cover the sea areas. Significantly the existing satellite provides for communication facility to the Earth but has limited penetration inside the sea.

To meet its communication needs in Indian Ocean, the Indian Navy depends on limited transponders installed on the existing satellite. It has to procure band on professional satellites for the coverage outside of its regular jurisdictions.

Sources said, “The S-band would be used for ensuring the communication security. It will also help Navy in making coordination among the battleships, submarines and fighter planes deployed at sea.”

The satellite had to be launched in 2011 but the failure of Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) in December 2010 delayed the programme. Following which the Navy had postponed the satellite launch.

JPN/Bureau