The Indian Navy plans to deploy a dedicated naval communication and surveillance satellite between December 2010 and March 2011.

A senior defence ministry official said that the Indian Space Research Organisation would launch a naval satellite with a 1,000nm footprint over the Indian Ocean, according to the Times Of India.

“The launch of the naval satellite worth Rs950 crore ($203.6m) will be followed by dedicated air force and army satellites in two years,” the official said.

The geostationary satellite together with the induction of eight P-8i long-range maritime patrol aircraft between 2013 and 2017 will ensure a significant increase in the navy’s C4ISR (command, control, communication, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) capabilities.

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Once the satellite is operational, the Indian Navy will be capable of networking all its warships, submarines and aircraft, as well as linking them with onshore operational centres through high-speed data-links.