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Electronic warfare
Modern military forces cannot succeed in modern battlefield without the secure and unimpeded use of the electromagnetic spectrum. As armed forces the world over are increasingly dependent on electronic assets to perform every aspect of multi-spectrum operations so the vulnerability of these assets are exposed to the growing number and sophistication of air and ground-based threats.
Gagan system
In a major policy decision aimed at reaching out to the neighbours, Indian Government has decided to offer the services of Gagan (GPS- aided Geo Augmented Navigation) system designed to support the civil aviation traffic over the Indian skies and in adjoining areas to South east Asian countries to help them generate financial resources
Radar network
In the age of ballistic missiles and supersonic fighters, the deployment of advance air intrusion warning systems have acquired greater relevance. Indian defence establishment is working on a plan to modernize country’s radar network to make its air space impregnable. But this is much behind the schedule. Though the rival neighboring countries
Air surveillance
Going by the speed of the induction one would never believe that Airborne Early Warning and Command Systems (AEW&CS) aircraft are a vital part of India’s air defence network. Because India was not getting them fast enough and in sufficient numbers it had to take resort to importing static aerostats that would plug the gaps in radar coverage of the Indian sub-continental periphery.
Unmanned warfare
Increased requirement of surveillance along the India-China and India-Pakistan borders besides huge coast line of 7000 kms and two major island territories on both the coasts has necessitated the acquisition of unmanned aerial surveillance vehicles for all the units of the Indian armed forces. Increased requirement of surveillance along the
Guided munitions
Indian armed forces seriously felt the need for precision guided munitions during the Kargil conflict of 1999 during which Indian Air Force had to import Laser Guided Pods from Israel for its Mirage-2000 fighters on emergency basis. Only after the Mirage-2000s were equipped with the Laser Guided Pods, the Indian Air Force could change the
Information grid
In so far as the acquisition of state of the art and well equipped communication systems is concerned, the Indian Army appears to be a laggard in comparison to the two other services. For instance, the sturdy and versatile fibre optic based Air Force Network (AFNET) introduced by the Indian Air Force (IAF) would serve as a reliable platform on which air control and command systems would be developed to facilitate the link up of command bases, radars, missile batteries, air borne fighters and other resources.
Deceptive attack
One would have thought that given the advancement in radar technology which enabled ground-based militaries to detect and deal with attacking aircraft, the aircraft would have by now become redundant to warfare. It has not. This is mainly because of concomitant developments that enabled the aircraft to operate and fight in hostile
Flying scanners
In an age of supersonic fighters and long range ballistic and cruise missiles, Indian Armed Forces would always feel handicapped due to the lack of air based surveillance platforms for providing sufficient air coverage. The armed forces would have no reaction time, which is often within seconds and minutes and only an AWACS can enable
Timely steps
Many countries including India are facing the constant threats of terrorist infiltration via sea route. The real time monitoring of the thousands of vessels, big and tiny, are posing a big challenge to the security managers. After the November, 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai, the Indian defence establishment has been on an overdrive to install surveillance systems on its 7000 kms long coastlines, comprising mainly the coastal radars but India will now be considering other surveillance systems which are appearing on the horizon.