The ‘Sindhu Netra’ satellite developed by a team of young scientists from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was successfully deployed in space on Sunday. This deployment is considered to give a major boost to India’s surveillance capabilities.
This satellite will help monitor the activities of both military warships and merchant shipping in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). It was launched using the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) PSLV-C51 which took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Sindhu Netra satellite can also help in carrying out surveillance in specific areas such as the South China Sea or the pirate-infested areas near the Gulf of Aden and the African coast. It would help the nation in enhancing its surveillance abilities on land in areas such as the Ladakh region with China and the border region with Pakistan.