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30 March 2023: Project Akashteer

Context:

  • The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed three contracts totalling 5,400 crores, two of which are with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for the purchase of Sarang electronic support measure (ESM) systems for the Navy and the Automated Air Defense Control and Reporting System (Project Akashteer) for the Army. Both projects will encourage the participation of Indian Electronics and associated industries, including MSMEs, who are sub-vendors of BEL.
  • Another contract is for an advanced communication satellite, GSAT 7B, for the Army with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a central public sector enterprise under the Department of Space.

About Project Akashteer:

  • The Automated Air Defense Control and Reporting System for the Army
  • The contract for ‘Project Akashteer,’ costing Rs. 1,982 crores, will provide the Army’s Air Defense units with an indigenous, cutting-edge capability to function efficiently in an integrated manner.
  • Akashteer will enable the Indian Army’s low-level airspace to be monitored and will efficiently command the ground-based air defence weapon systems.

About Sarang Electronic Support Measure (ESM) systems for the Navy:

  • The Defense Electronics Research Laboratory in Hyderabad developed the Sarang, an advanced electronic support measure system for helicopters of the Indian Navy, as part of the Samudrika program.
  • It will generate employment of around two lakh man-days over three years.
  • About Program Samudrika:

The program SAMUDRIKA seeks to design and develop a family of seven electronic warfare systems to meet the requirements of the Navy for various platforms, such as ships, helicopters, and aircraft, with a firm commitment from the Navy for quantity production and induction of these systems. Seven EW/ESM systems are grouped under two projects, namely shipborne projects and airborne projects. Ship-borne systems are Shakti, Nayan, and Tushar. Air-borne systems are SARANG, SARAKSHI, SARVADHARI, and NIKASH.

About GSAT 7B:

  • The five-ton geostationary satellite, a first-of-its-kind in the five-ton category, will be developed indigenously by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
  • The GSAT 7B will primarily fulfil the communication needs of the Army.
  • The GSAT 7B will also help the Army enhance its surveillance in border areas.