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Need to enhance satellite surveillance capability in India

With an aim to step up its surveillance capacity, India may soon go in for a dedicated military satellite for the armed forces, Defence Minister of India, George Fernandes said recently.
“Considering the vastness of our country and security environment around the country and beyond,” Fernandes said “there is an inescapable need to enhance our satellite surveillance capability.” Besides boosting surveillance capability, the Defence Minister in an interview to American publication ‘Defence News’, said the country’s other top priority armament acquisition would be medium multi-role combat aircraft, air defence systems, command, control, communication, computers, intelligence and reconissance system.
The Minister’s comment assumes significance in the wake of statement by a visiting US defence business delegation which said that during meetings with top Indian officials, there had been keeness to acquire advanced US sensor technology, specially expertise in photo and radar imagery.