Following two delayed publication dates, the UK has finally released its National Space Strategy.
India ramps up military satellite plans
As the need for maritime domain awareness grows, and as border tensions with China and Pakistan increase, vulnerabilities in Indian space security have caused Delhi to look to build up its minuscule number of military satellites.
Presently, India has around 15 military-application satellites, with the latest GSAT-7A dedicated to the air force but shared by the army.
In 2022, the $225 million GSAT-7R — an Indian Navy (IN) communications satellite — will replace GSAT-7 Rukmini launched eight years ago. It is the last of the Indian Space Research Organisation’s seven fourth-generation satellites with a 2,000nmi coverage range over the Indian Ocean.
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