Indian Air Force To Launch Digital Information Grid

NEW DELHI, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Indian Air Force (IAF) said Wednesday that it is to launch a modern and reliable digital information grid on Sept. 14, which would enable faster response to any threat.
"The Air Force Network (AFNET) will be a fully secure network, making IAF a true net-centric combat force and the first among the three services to complete interlinking major installations throughout the country on a high bandwidth network," the IAF said in a release.

The AFNET will replace the IAF's old communication network set- up in use since 1950s.
"This monumental achievement also marks the successful clearance of a milestone for release of radio spectrum, a very valuable but finite resource.

IAF has taken up a mandate to create and maintain an assured, dedicated, secure and inter-operable communication network along with associated services to provide real time, instantaneous transfer of information between Sensors, Command and Control (C2) centers and Shooters," the release said.

It added that the Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony will launch the AFNET services in the capital at the presence of Telecom Minister A. Raja.


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