The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been awarded a $1.5 billion contract to design a new “Space Warfare” system for the Armed Forces.
The ISRO will provide the defence ministry with a “unique and comprehensive approach to Space Warfare”, the defence minister Manohar Parrikar said.
The defence ministry said the system, to be developed under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), would be used to counter the threats posed by space-based weapons and unmanned aerial vehicles.
“The aim of the Defence Technology Development Organisation will be to develop the Space Warfare system, in collaboration with the armed forces, which is an innovative and innovative approach to counter space-related threats,” the defence secretary said.
It is expected to be operational in 2019, with the military deploying the system on a limited scale.
“Our aim is to deploy a new, state-of-the-art Space Warfare platform, which can counter the threat posed by unmanned aerial and space vehicles, including manned and unmanned aircraft and satellites,” the ISRO said in a statement.
The defence ministry has not specified when the system will be launched.
“We are keen to see what the future brings in space warfare,” Parrikary said, referring to the ISRO’s previous Space Warfare System (SWS) project.
The SWS project was launched in 2009.
“This is not just a project for the Defence Department, but also for the nation,” he said.
“Space warfare is something which we are taking seriously.”
The defence minister has said India has plans to use “space” for “warfare purposes” and “combat purposes” in its “near future”.
“It is also a strategic element for India.
The prime objective of the Space War is to develop an integrated strategy to ensure that our forces have access to the highest levels of capabilities to protect the nation from the threats of space and to achieve peace,” he told the Indian Parliament on Wednesday.
The ISRO’s mission will include research, development, testing and evaluation of new technologies and services in space-borne weapons, systems and systems components.
“Such technologies and service systems can be used for the prevention of war or the prevention and control of war, to ensure the survival of humanity, the sovereignty of nations and the integrity of peace and security of the world,” it said.