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News Briefs: IAI, Alpha Design Technologies in UAV deal for India           Uruguay receives mobile border surveillance system          Japan Successfully Launches New Spy Satellite          Northrop Grumman wins British government cyber-security work          Lockheed Martin introduced sensor system that can track and target multiple targets in radar-denied environments          Northrop Grumman Supports Successful Propulsion System Rocket Engine Test          Astrium delivers microwave radiometer for the Sentinel-3A satellite          Russia Retires Faulty Glonass-M Satellite          Russia, US to protect satellite navigation systems at UN level          Satellite Services supplies on-board sub-systems for smallsats and microsats          Patriot and Sentinel Capabilities Incorporated Into Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System          Lockheed Martin's Aegis BMD System Completes Highest Target Intercept Yet          Raytheon completes critical design review for GPS OCX software          Third Advanced EHF Satellite Will Enhance Resiliency of Military Communications          Boeing Offers Improved Cybersecurity Training and Simulation Tool           Britain recruiting cyber-warriors          Japan, US to discuss strengthening cyber-security          


ISR technologies
As the modern battlefield is getting hi-tech and changing the rules of engagement, the demand for new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) technology and infrastructure is growing significantly to meet new challenges and eliminating the elements of surprise. Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, which are strategically important in peacetime, are a vital national asset in crises when time is a critical factor in decision-making and demands for information escalate drastically. No doubt, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance are critical to a nation’s strategic defence. Many nations are actively employing ISR throughout the global theatres such as sea, air, space and cyberspace in order to collect, process and disseminate data in
Cyber warfare
Despite concerted efforts to control cyberspace, cyberspace has become a new domain of warfare in the modern battleground, joining the existing natural domains of land, sea, air, and space which can transform the effectiveness of the battle zone many folds. The cyber warfare challenge is growing at an alarming space for leading militaries who think one day they will have to resort to cyber weapon as their last arsenal in a contested battle which can be swift and decisive. This can cripple a nation without a single shot being fired at the enemy or its position but the outcome can be devastating as one can see during even peace time when hostile hackers or state sponsored activists and technicians play havoc with opponent’s network assets.
Aerospace industry
The worlds leading defence aerospace manufacturers are delighted over the prospects of Indian armed forces acquiring weapon systems and platforms over US$ 100 billion in next decade. Indian defence and aerospace sector, thus presents an exciting opportunity to the foreign vendors, who are eager to set up their shops in India in order to beat their rivals. Though, the Western powers have off late reduced their defence spending because of reduced commitments in Afghanistan and Iraq, their arms companies are looking towards India and few other countries for the survival of their defence conglomerates. For the West also several hot spots have emerged which will oblige them to safeguard their strategic
EW systems
The pace of electronic warfare is changing rapidly and in future it may assume a new dimension in which individual soldiers can conduct the war proceedings to take control of the battlefield while sitting away thousands of miles from the actual frontline zone. It is all possible due to the advent of new technologies such as integrated EW systems which can self assess and determine the threat much before the threat can appear in the horizon. Therefore, integrated electronic platforms, known as embedded systems, are becoming ever more significant in mobile military systems, whether for the navy, the air force or ground forces.
IAF command
After a decade long deliberations on the need to set up an aerospace command, the onus is now on the so called security conscious and fast track decision maker government to decide on this urgent national security requirement. The need for an independent Aerospace Command was felt more when the Chinese Space Scientists conducted an Anti-satellite test in 2007 and raised concerns in India about the safety of Indian civilian satellites in space, which can be disabled with catastrophic effect on the life on ground. Despite China having an extensive military dedicated aerospace program, Indian military space program has been moving at a snails pace. Though the IAF has already worked exhaustively on this and presented before the Government the Defence Space Vision 2020, the execution
Hypersonic weapons
With the advent of new technologies in armament production, a range of new generation weapons which can travel more than Mach 5 is giving new thrill to militaries around the world as their enemies can be decimated within hours. Hypersonic weapons are becoming future of warfare due to high speed trajectory and kinetic racing towards a target with the press of a mere button. In fact, hitting a target with a missile anywhere in the world in less than an hour is the US Pentagon’s goal with its ongoing development of hypersonic weapons.
Space mission
In a major boost to the Indian space programme, the four stage reliable space work horse PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle), powered by alternate liquid and solid fuel stages, launched as many as five satellites of international customers at one go in less than twenty minutes of its spectacular take off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), the Indian space port on Sriharikota island, located at a distance of about 80-kms from Chennai. This dedicated commercial mission of PSLV designated PSLV-C23 placed 714-kg French earth observation satellite Spot-7 into its intended orbit as a primary payload. The four other satellites that were launched as piggyback payloads were: 14-kg AISAT of Germany, 7-kg VELOX-1 of Singapore and NLS 7.1 and NLS 7.2, weighing 15- kg each from Canada.
Digital combat
NCW provides a level of situational awareness that allows the military to be more flexible, which increases mission effectiveness. However, it is clear that NCW is not by any means without flaws. A heavy reliance on technology is problematic, as it cannot be ruled out that technology may fail, may not be available at the time, or may be targeted by an enemy to reduce war-fighting capability. As NCW becomes more predominant, steps must be taken to safeguard it from malicious action. It is also imperative that forces can operate in a fall back mode without the NCW doctrine, if required of them. No matter the advancements in robotics, the importance of the ‘man behind the machine’ will remain relevant. This is equally applicable to Network Centric Warfare (NCW). The succe
India's space program
With Indian Navy acquiring a dedicated satellite for its exclusive use in late August last year and successfully demonstrating the final integration of the Rukmini communication satellite with its warships during the TROPEX, as declared by the new Naval Chief of Staff Admiral R K Dhowan in mid May, the Indian armed forces have entered a new era of satellite communication. According to Admiral Dhowan the Rukmini will act as a force multiplier to the Network Centric Operations. With this achievement, the strategic circle in the world has started focusing on India’s military space program. The naval satellite called G-SAT-7 will be followed by G-SAT-7A for the exclusive use of Indian Air Force, which is likely to be launched by the end of this year. The third satellite is also
Intelligence gathering
Timely intelligence gathering through a range of space based platforms as well as land, ocean and air based devices holds the key to a smart warfare strategy designed to stay at the winning edge of the battlefield. Indeed, automation, stealth, real time information collection, sharing of data among the fighting platforms and defence forces cutting across the services jurisdiction and geographical spread, are some of the critical factors shaping a successful intelligence intensive warfare strategy. Remote manipulation and a well planned deployment of unmanned surveillance and fighting platforms are among the innovations that are fast changing the contours of the emerging intelligent warfare.