Defence Communication Network

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.