, the newly formed Defence Space
), established to drive India’s counter-space activities, is scouting for
to augment capabilities to deal with threats.
The agency has reportedly requested proposals from multiple companies for technologies that provide complete Space Situational Awareness solutions which can detect, identify and track enemy assets while warning about impending attacks.
The DSA, a tri-services agency, is headed by Air Vice Marshal SP Dharkar. Sources in the know said it had been talking with several companies last year, but officially issued an RFI in January 2021. “Companies have time till March first week to respond,” a source said, adding that DSA is looking for a complete solution that can be enhanced to play an offensive role.
The DSA is also looking for a system that can fuse space surveillance data available from various sources into a common operating picture to better evaluate threats and to maximise effectiveness of Indian operations in space, land, sea and air. The move assumes importance given that China has been strengthening its military space capabilities.
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