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Defence Communication Network

Defence Communication Network

Indias 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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