The Defence Ministry on Tuesday approved a proposal to procure GSAT-7 C satellite and related equipment for the Indian Air Force IAF at a cost of 2,236 crore.
The procurement is to improve the communication network of the IAF, officials said.
The decision to clear the procurement was taken at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council DAC chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
The Defence ministry said that the DAC granted Acceptance of Necessity AoN for one capital acquisition proposal of the IAF for its modernisation and operational needs amount to Rs 2,236 crore under the category of Make in India.
The Air Force's procurement proposal was for GSAT 7 C satellite and ground hubs for real-time connectivity of software-defined radios SDRs The project envisages complete design, development and launch of satellite in India, it said in a statement.
The ability of armed forces to communicate beyond enemy lines will be enhanced by the satellite.
Induction of GSAT-7C satellite and ground hubs for software-defined radios SDRs will enhance the ability of our armed forces to communicate beyond Line of Sight in all circumstances in a secure mode, it added.