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Mahesh Belavi asked: What is the role of IRNSS in India’s security?

Ajey Lele replies: The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) could be considered as an alternative to the Global Positioning System (GPS), though in a limited sense. IRNSS is a regional system, whereas GPS is global. IRNSS is useful both in civilian and strategic domains. It could provide navigational support to various military requirements like ground, sea and aerial movement; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) activities; target identification and assistance in launching of weapon systems. IRNSS would be an important part of state's network centric capabilities.

Posted on August 26, 2016

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