The DRDO is constructing a 150-ton Vehicle for Defence Application Mobile Veda that will be used to launch defence satellites after the Indian military forces experienced delays in the launch of four dedicated navigation satellites due to the ISRO’s mistaken priorities, which put their launch on hold.
The Indian Armed Forces rely on the civilian-run ISRO to send their defence satellites into orbit and must pay them for each launch, yet they are frequently overlooked.
The DRDO’s development of a road transportable VEDA could help it reduce its reliance on the ISRO while also increasing its launch capacity for defence satellites into space. Prefabricated VEDA can be launched swiftly from makeshift launch pads, obviating the need for a specialised launch pad like the one used by ISRO.
ISRO manufactures and launches all defence satellites on behalf of the Indian Armed Forces, although it has been observed that ISRO always puts its personal and commercial commitments ahead of the needs of the armed forces.
ISRO’s NavIC, which was created and meant to offer Indian defence forces with accurate real-time positioning and timing capabilities, has been delayed by three years. The Indian armed forces are looking to private space companies to produce defence satellites that are tailored to their needs, and Project Veda is the first step toward lessening their reliance on the ISRO.
While a transition from ISRO-developed launch vehicles to DRDO-developed launch vehicles is unlikely anytime soon, the process of developing dedicated defence satellite launch vehicles has already begun, which will not only improve India’s surveillance capabilities but also allow the Indian armed forces to launch replacement satellites in the event that they are taken over and deliberately disabled or destroyed with hardkill.