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Thursday, October 15, 2009

ISRO to help IAF and ground forces in against Naxals

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will assist the Indian Air Force in its fight against Naxals. ISRO will be providing technical support to the IAF and ground forces in a major offensive against Naxalites in the jungles of Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The Union Home Minister is slated to launch the offensive after the Maharashtra polls.

This is the first time that the space agency will be providing its technology for such operations.

According to sources, Union Home Secretary GK Pillai said that various anti-Naxal forces on the ground will be supported by the ISRO and IAF to enhance offensive attacks on the Naxalite in dense jungle areas.

Various anti-Naxal forces on the ground will be supported by the IAF and the ISRO to fine tune the attacks on Naxal hideouts, which are deep within the dense jungles.

ISRO will provide images of the ground using its Radar Imaging Satellite or RISAT-2

The IAF has already asked for permission from the Union Defence ministry to open retaliatory fire against Naxal who target IAF planes. But fool proof intelligence will be required for this, so that civilians on the ground are not hit.

The RISAT-2 can provide images of even thick jungles, enabling the IAF to carry out surgical strikes on the ground agaionst the Naxals. These images will be processed by the National Technology Research Organisation.

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