Gagan will be put in place by end of 2014: Defence Secretary

December 14, 2013 12:33 pm | Updated June 13, 2016 01:39 am IST - GUNTUR:

Scientific Adviser, Ministry of Defence, and Secretary Department of Defence, Avinash Chander addresses the national seminar on "Navigational Systems andSignal Processing Systems," held on ANU premises on Friday. Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

Scientific Adviser, Ministry of Defence, and Secretary Department of Defence, Avinash Chander addresses the national seminar on "Navigational Systems andSignal Processing Systems," held on ANU premises on Friday. Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

The country will put in place the GPS aided geo augmented navigation or GPS and Geo-Augmented Navigation system (Gagan), a regional satellite-based augmentation system, by the end of 2014, said Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Government of India and Director General of DRDO, Avinash Chander here on Friday.

Addressing a national seminar on “Navigation Systems & Signal Processing Applications,” held on Acharya Nagarjuna University campus here, Dr. Chander said that the country’s mission to send six more satellites by 2014 would be complete as the country moved towards introduction of modern communication, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management system.

“We have been dependant on Global Positioning Systems of other countries till now and we will have our own indigenously built GPS by the end of 2014. The navigation system will help monitor and navigate long range Agni missiles, nuclear submarines and warships with accuracy,” Dr. Chander said.

New weapons

He also said that more new weapons would be added to arsenal of Indian defence in the coming years and the DRDO was developing missiles with multiple warheads.

Research is on to develop systems, ensuring long range missiles like Agni, which would reach targets beyond 10,000 k.m. Director of SCNP-ISRO, N. Prahalad Rao said that the country has been launching PSLV rockets placing satellites of other countries in orbit.

Assistant Director of SHAR Seshagiri Rao said that IRNS satellite would be placed in orbit in February 2014 and it is destined to reach Mars by September 2014.

Earlier, Vice Chancellor K. Viyyanna Rao, Dean of ANU College of Engineering P. Siddaiah and Principal E. Sreenivasa Reddy spoke.

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