April 18, 2021
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Emerging threats and significance of NCW

The disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean ought to worry India more than it appears to. After all, the plane flew over or close to Indian air space over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands after which it could only have gone down into the sea since it is assumed that it has not landed anywhere. It has been incommunicado except for the automatic ‘pings’ exchanged with some satellites after the transducers were deliberately switched off.

That an intruder aircraft of any size or utility has disappeared in what India claims to be its area of responsibility says a great deal about the network centricity that it hopes to create with chain of satellites, airborne warning and command systems (AWACS) aircraft and the accompanying ground/surface environment.

India launched the GSAT-7 multi-band communications satellite in August last and it had sent up earlier the
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