Military satellite requirements
Since India’s geopolitical interests are growing in the Indian Ocean region, an official estimate of just one aspect of military satellite requirement-for the Indian Navy in its Indian Ocean Region assignment-was placed at between 80 and 100 by Director General of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Dr Avinash Chander not very long ago.
Clearly this assessment has been made to be able to monitor an oceanic expanse of 73.56 million kilometers square. Dr Chander has suggested a three dimensional capability to monitor and check the numbers and geographical locations of surface vessels and submarines using the oceans for commerce, for military purposes, tourism and travel.
In expanse it covers the Persian Gulf down to the Antarctic ice sheet in the west and Malacca Straits and the western coast of Australia in the east. Within this huge water body Indian military interest has hitherto been concentrated on the chokepoints through which ships and submarines must traverse to conduct their respective military missions.
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