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Promising growth
For long, the fortunes of the Indian aerospace sector remained closely tied to the state owned defence and aeronautical major Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). However, the opening up of the defence and aerospace sectors to private participation in 2001 meant a certain loosening of HAL’s monopoly over the Indian aerospace sector. With many private players entering the far from mature Indian aerospace sector, HAL could no longer remain a “shaker and mover “of the Indian aerospace sector. The conspicuous failure of HAL to meet the needs of IAF, considered its biggest customer, on time, has put this Indian aerospace entity in poor light. Similarly, the glaring failure of the HAL over the years to give a required direction and momentum to
 
New momentum
India has always found France to be a hassle free partner in wide ranging areas of strategic importance including defence, high technology and scientific research. Significantly, Indo-French defence and high-tech partnership has not been marred either by the kind of ‘sanctions and technology embargo’ that US administration has been accustomed to slapping off and on or by the kind of blackmail that Russians have perfected in terms of extracting an unreasonably high price mid way through the implementation of an already finalized contract. France, which has recognized the strategic importance of India, was one of the few countries which did not condemn India for 1998 Pokhran nuclear blasts. Mirage-2000 combat aircraft in service with the Indian Air Force
 
New endeavour
Outer space is slowly but surely emerging as a new battlefield where future wars could begin and end. Indeed, the possibility of space becoming altogether a new battle zone became evident in the hunter killer satellite tests that the erstwhile Soviet Union had carried out in 1960s with a high degree of success. And not surprisingly, US did not take much time to overdo Soviets in the weaponization of the final frontiers. And in the bizarre race to outdo each other, both the super powers started experimenting with lethal devices such as laser beams and particle beams for deployment in outer space as satellite killer devices. But the entire dynamics of the preparations for space war went into a kind of thaw after the collapse of Soviet Union in early 1990s. Of
 
Hawk eye
After what the Chinese have just done to us in the Ladakh sector of Jammu and Kashmir, talk of an “Aerospace Command” raises visions of castles in the air while terrestrial bastions on earth are being assaulted and violated. While there will, eventually, be a need to set up such a command headquarters to administer the space-based defences, the more urgent requirement is of measures to prevent the Chinese bullying us on the ground east of our Daulat Beg Oldi outpost in Ladakh and dictating terms that will indeed make India look like the proverbial Chinese Paper Tiger. The questions that come to mind are: What were space-based assets doing when the Chinese were creeping in on us (of course it has to be taken for granted that our troops on the ground w
 
Greater cohesion
By the end of the year India is expected to begin a process of satellite launches that will give it sovereign capability of using space to facilitate navigation and guidance of its military as well civil airborne assets very much as is done currently through the American-owned Global Positioning System (GPS) and the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) in which India has an exclusive joint partnership with Russia. However, because the use of both the GPS and the GLONASS facility can be denied by the respective owners at crucial moments of geopolitical developments in the Asian regional context India thinks it is appropriate to have its own spatial navigation system at least in the context of its own sphere of strategic interest covering the northern half of
 
In a major boost to India’s satellite navigation capability, the first of the seven spacecraft constituting the space segment of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) will be launched by means of the four stage Indian space work horse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) sometime during the current year. IRNSS is a regional navigation satellite system independent of American GPS, European Galileo and the Russian Glonass. Indeed, the strategic advantage of operating an indigenous GPS system hardly needs to be emphasized especially during the critical times. The coverage area of IRNSS includes the Indian sub-continent and around 1500-km beyond the Indian geographical area. According to ISRO, the IRNSS system is targeted to provide the dual
 
It is with high hopes and aspirations that Indians will be looking out for the proposed launch of the Indian heavy-lift Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) in June this year to put a satellite into orbit that will mark another major step towards creating a Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS). It is intended to dovetail the on-going program of the GPS aided geo augmented navigation or GPS and geo-augmented navigation system (GAGAN) with the planned implementation of a regional satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) by India. It is a system to improve the accuracy of a GNSS receiver by providing reference signals. The effort currently underway is the first step towards introduction of modern communication, navigation, surveillance/Air Tra
 
Fast data
The often heard phrase ‘situational awareness’ is the product of several different types of information being made available to the commander in the battlefield to enable him to conduct maneuver warfare with a large measure of command and control over what can be a chaotic battlefield with no clear battle-lines. The end product is described in acronyms that stretch with the addition of either the method of collection/dissemination or the applications to which information is dedicated.