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Kabul requests India to launch exclusive satellite for Afghanistan

Discussion in 'South Asia & SAARC' started by Agent_47, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. Agent_47

    Agent_47 Admin - Blog IDF NewBie

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    NEW DELHI: The Afghanistan government has requested India to launch a special satellite exclusively for its use, three months after India launched the South Asian Satellite. The Afghan Ministry of Telecommunications and Technology recently made such a request to the Indian government, officials in the Afghan government told ET.
    Afghanistan minister Syed Ahmad Shah Sadat recently met Indian Ambassador Manpreet Vohra in Kabul to make the request. It is not yet clear if Kabul wants to use a dedicated satellite to track terrorist hideouts. The minister and the Indian envoy discussed opening of a terminal for Afghanistan in the South Asia Satellite, another special satellite and India-assisted small development projects.

    A MoU would be signed soon to let Afghanistan benefit from South Asia Satellite. Two of the 12 transponders will be provided to Afghanistan and the satellite will be used in areas of telecommunications, television services, agriculture, mines and other sectors. A special satellite station in Kabul is also under construction.

    In May this year, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had joined other South Asian leaders in welcoming the launch of a South Asian Satellite by India for South Asian nations, calling it a major step in regional cooperation.

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com...lite-for-afghanistan/articleshow/59961846.cms
     
  2. Hellfire

    Hellfire Devil's Advocate THINKER

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    Interesting.

    But India needs to insure it's investments in Afghanistan by ensuring adequate support and training to the Afghan Security Forces & Intelligence Services in order to enable them to effectively combat the increasing security challenges that they face, especially in light of established Iranian support to the Taliban
     
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    We should give them a dedicated military satellite. They can keep an eye on the nefarious activities of Pak army along the Durand line.
     
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    shaktimaan Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    and whatabout operating cost of such satellite..operating cost of dedicated military satellites aren't too high??
     
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    I am sure they can manage a subsidised cost of operations. Strategic interests bro, if we want to encircle Pakistan from all sides then this satellite is just a minor step towards that target.
     
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    Afghanistan request for thier own satellite for mordernising it's communication system has seen as valuable asset for Afghanistan.The Siuth Asian Satellite also made viable information for ordinary Afghani people.
     
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    Instead of launching a dedicated satellite, we should rather provide services of our Cartosat & NAVIC. I hope these satellites can function to the nearest borders of Afghanistan, a dedicated satellite will cost more and India does not have that much amount of luxury.

    I am still wondering, are we getting anything back by spending this much in Afghanistan, apart from goodwill and encircling Pak ? Is there any economic benefit till now ?
     
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  8. bharathp

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    i feel this is only a pretext that India seeks to "cover" area until Afg that would include our neighbor's full area.
     
  9. Som Thomas

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    We need to keep the Pak-Af border hot. We must provide a shared military satellites for all intrusive purpose and data sharing of movements of troops and terrorist from the Pakistani border. We can hit them from our side of the border and probably would be nice to include Iran to keep their border hot too.
     
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    India would have to fork up maintenance cost, and manage day to day operation of that satellite. That also means that India too would have access to data collected from that satellite. Only difference it has with Indian satellite is label of ownership and focus of durand line, rather than Punjab.
     
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  11. Sam_

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    Answer will be no and neither subsidy would be provided for operational cost.

    However we can use our existing satellite if they want to track terrorists.

    Key word is used by our guys so we know what's happening in Afghanistan.

    I Don't want it to be used against us if Taliban come to power.
     
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    Sam_ 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    You are late as already happening for years.
     
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