Dubbed as the “Indian Angry Bird”, the satellite will connect all IAF assets like planes, air-borne early warning control platforms and drones with each other and ground stations, and work towards a network-centric warfare capability. It will also reduce the possibility of snooping and leakage of information that’s possible while using satellites launched by foreign operators.
After the launch, the elated chairman of ISRO, Dr K Sivan, said: “In 35 days, this was the 7th mission by ISRO. Four Indian made satellites have been launched and 3 rockets have been successfully launched from Sriharikota.” The upgraded GSLV Mk II rocket “performed marvelously” he added.
The 2,250-kg satellite is piggybacking on the GSLV MK II (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) which is powered by an indigenous cryogenic engine. This is the seventh flight of the rocket with Indian-made cryogenic engine.