Indian Air Force (IAF) recently developed an indigenous ‘Vayulink’ platform to enable jammer-proof communication with the base station.
About ‘Vayulink’ Platform:
- Vayulink is an ad-hoc data link communication system that would help pilots deal with bad weather and provide jammer-proof uninterrupted communication with the base station.
- It is developed by the Indian Air Force (IAF).
- It uses the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) to send radio communication to the base station when the signals are low.
- Vayulink, when installed in an aircraft, gives the position of other aircraft close by and encrypted traffic data over a secure channel.
- The platform helps to prevent fratricide or friendly fire, i.e., it helps us to know where the friendly forces are present.
- It provides better combat teaming.
- Helps plan real-time basis where multiple teams can get together and go towards the target coming from different areas.
- It can also give the pilots data on the weather.
Q1) What is the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS)?
IRNSS is an independent regional navigation satellite system being developed by India. It is designed to provide accurate position information service to users in India as well as the region extending up to 1500 km from its boundary, which is its primary service area.