The 2250kg heavy-weight GSAT-7A military communication satellite lifted off along with ISRO’s GSLV-Mk-II rocket on Wednesday, and the satellite will serve as the mainstay support up in the sky for the Indian Air Force.

Dubbed as “Indian Angry Bird”, the GSAT-7A military communication satellite was launched successfully at 4.10pm on Wednesday by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. The launch of the GSAT-7A will help the Indian Air Force by connecting their assets like planes, air-borne early warning control platforms and drones with each other and ground stations. The satellite connection of all these weaponries will allow the forces to become independent of the error-prone transponders and build a reliable network-centric warfare system.

Besides easing military communication, the satellite will also eradicate any possible snooping and leakage of sensitive national security information and data, which could happen if foreign satellites are used as mediators. The GSAT-7A will also help the Indian Army in controlling air-borne unmanned operations in some of the remotest and sensitive border areas of the country. Hence, the “Indian Angry Bird” satellite, laden with advanced Gregorian antenna will improve its efficiency to be able to provide the armed forces with modern warfare facilities.

For ISRO, this is the third successful lift-off within 35 days after launching communication satellite GSAT-29 on November 14th and hyper-spectral imaging satellite HysiS (November 29). However, yesterday’s launch is by far the heaviest satellite lifted by indigenously made cryogenic engine from Sriharikota. These are the little elements that will help India in making India’s second moon mission next year and the first human space flight scheduled for 2022.

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