Indian Army adopts network centric technology

By agencies   |   Monday, 20 November 2006, 06:00 Hrs
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Jammu: The Indian Army has set up latest Internet and network centric warfare technologies codenamed Escon Phase-III, AWAN, VSAT and MCCS in Jammu and Kashmir.

"The Army has installed state-of-the-art communication technology for better coordination, mobility and reach of troops in militancy-infested state," top Army officials said.

Giving details as to how the Army was keeping pace with communication technologies used by defense forces across the world, they said Escon Phase-III, codenamed Mercury Thunder, was adopted in 16 Corps area at
Sunderbani and Patnitop areas of Jammu region on October 19.

"This is a fast dialing communication facility with better quality speech, data and video and offers 1-5 additional nodes of communication, which are information and communication highways," they said. "It is slowly replacing the old voice-centric communication network in which communication was possible one way at a time," they said.

Besides, officials said, another state-of-the-art communication technology set up in 16 Corps zone in Jammu region on September 25 is Army Wide Area Network (AWAN) used for transfer of highly sensitive data and records and is interconnected through desktops.

Huge data and records can be transferred from one place to another in very small period of time through AWAN, they said. Code named Murcury Blaze, the Army's first ever own Mobile Cellular Communication Aystem (MCCS) was launched in 16 Corps operational area in Jammu region recently and is being tested, they said adding that the project would be completed by January 2007.

"This system would be replace the old wireless communication system used during counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir," they said adding this would give faster mobility to troops during anti-terrorist operations. Yet under testing phase, this system would not only provide best secured communication to troops but also data transfer directly to operational areas.

Similarly, Very Small Aperture Satellite Terminal Technology (VSAT) communication set-up has been adopted in all units in the Corps area, they said adding a very large of hitherto inaccessible areas had been connected with operational headquarters.

"It has also helped the civilian populace in remote and inaccessible areas to communicate with their relatives," the officers said.

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