The Indian Army has conducted a pan-India satellite communication exercise named ‘Ex Skylight’, in the last week of July. The main objective of this exercise was to test the operational readiness and robustness of its hi-tech satellite communication systems, in the event of an attack by an adversary.
- The Indian Army is preparing to have its own multi-band dedicated satellite, with added security features by 2025.
- The dedicated GSAT-7B satellite of the Army is a first-of-its-kind indigenous multi-band satellite, designed with advanced security features. It will support tactical communication requirements for troops deployed on the ground, remotely piloted aircraft, air defence weapons and other mission-critical and fire support platforms.
- ISRO and various agencies responsible for space and ground segments also participated in the exercise.
- The IAF and Navy already have their own GSAT-7 series satellites.