Defence Communication Network


• India’s first integrated Defense Communication Network (DCN) has been launched by Ministry of Defence.

• It is built by HCL under a nearly Rs. 600 crore project.

• The Defence Communication Network (DCN), a strategic, highly secure and scalable system, has a pan-India reach – from Ladakh to the North East to island territories, enabling the army, air force, navy and the Special Forces Command to share situational awareness for a faster decision-making process.

• Implementation of DCN is a proof of strength of the Indian industry and has reaffirmed the emphasis of the Government on Make in India, program.

• The DCN is a major step towards ensuring Network Centricity across the three Services, Integrated Defence Staff and Strategic Forces Command.

• The network provides converged voice, data and video services to the three Services based on secured system with adequate redundancy.

• This network is a step towards jointmanship that the government is pushing for in the armed forces.

• It is capable of working on terrestrial as well as satellite mode of communication and has also been fixed onboard different military vehicles.

• DCN will ensure Network Centricity across the three services, Integrated Defence staff (IDS) and Strategic Forces Command (SFC). It was developed as a part of the armed forces pursuit of modernising military communications system.

Significance:
• It will help the armed forces and the Special Forces Command to share situational awareness for a faster decision-making process. Hence, it will help in improving the prompt response time due to the integrated technology.

• It will ensure network centricity across the three services, Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) and the Strategic Forces Command (SFC).

• It will help in bolstering the prowess of the defence forces during critical operations and rescue missions.

• It acts as a proof of strength of the Indian industry. Initially it was planned to import the system.

• With the indigenous development, it has reaffirmed the capability of the Indian industries and acts as a boost to the Make in India Programme.


 

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