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  • GSAT-7B satellite, which recently got the acceptance of necessity from the Defence Ministry, will be a dedicated satellite for the Indian Army.
  • They are advanced satellites developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to meet the communication needs of the defence services.
  • The satellite would help the Indian Army enhance its surveillance in border areas.
  • The GSAT 7B will primarily fulfil the communication needs of the Army. 
  • The use of such a satellite would also mean that the Army's vast array of radio communication equipment could come under a single platform.
  • The GSAT 7 satellite has a footprint of nearly 2,000 nautical miles in the Indian Ocean region. 
  • The GSAT 7 (Rukmini) is India’s first military satellite. It provides a gamut of services for military communication needs, which includes low bit voice rate to high bit rate data facilities, including multiband communications.
  • The GSAT 7A, launched in 2018, helps in boosting the connectivity between the ground radar stations, airbases and the airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C) of the IAF.

Source : PIB

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