Indian defence forces prepare for NCW
The successful launch of India’s fourth navigation satellite, IRNSS-1D, by means of an augmented version of the Indian space workhorse, the four stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in March this year, while bringing the country a step closer to realizing the full fledged seven spacecraft IRNSS (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System) constellation has given a boost to the network centric capability of the Indian armed forces.
It was the difficulties that Indian armed forces experienced in accessing the restricted services of the US military controlled GPS satellite navigation system that nudged the country to go in for an independent satellite navigation system. As it is, Indian defence forces have learnt through the hard way that the uninterrupted access to a home grown GPS system alone can pave way for refining and expanding its network centric capability. Indeed, the dual use potentials of IRNSS would help the Indian defence forces launch its long range missiles and high precision weapons with a high degree of accuracy and providing a boost to the network centric warfare strategy.
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