India surgical strike: Cartosat images were India's 'eye in the sky' during the LoC operation

| Friday, September 30, 2016 - 10:33
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Cartosat-2A was the first dual-use satellite with capabilities of monitoring missile launches | Representational pic

New Delhi: The Indian Army on Thursday carried out a successful surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC) and incapacitated more than 30 terrorists by destroying 5 terror launch pads in the region, all facilitated majorly by the use of Cartosat family of satellites.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said after the attack that the army was assisted by high-resolution images sent via the satellite to carry out the surgical strike.

The Cartosat-2C is the latest satellite to be launched in June of this year and has added magnificently to advance India's offensive reach within a targeted region. The resolution of the images is 0.65 metres, which is an improvement considering the 0.8 metres recorded in earlier missions.

The first Cartosat satellite was launched back in 2005 followed by Cartosat-2A in 2007. The latter was the first dual-use satellite with capabilities of monitoring missile launches, quotes the Time of India.

During the operation, the Cartosat is deemed to have provided sensitive and crucial information about the whereabouts of the terrorists and the movement along the sensitised area.

This is India’s first major retaliation operation after the Uri attack where 18 Indian soldiers were killed by terrorists deemed to be from Pakistan.

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