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As reported by idrw last year, the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) started manufacturing India’s first defence satellite launch vehicle, dubbed Veda or Vehicle for Defence Application. Recently released tender documents suggest that the development trials for the system may commence soon, indicating that the satellite launcher vehicle is nearing completion.

The Veda vehicle is intended for launching defence satellites into a lower orbit. It is constructed using the K-4 SLBM first and second stages, which are currently in production and is expected to be operational in the coming months.

Project Veda’s objective is to replenish India’s satellites in case they are destroyed or disabled due to hostile actions. Additionally, it provides the capability to launch killer nano-satellites into precise orbits to take out hostile satellites in a tit-for-tat action.

The exact purpose of Project Veda is still uncertain, but the creation of a mobile satellite launch vehicle will allow India to deploy an ELINT satellite constellation in a conflict zone swiftly for mission-specific purposes. Additionally, it may enable the deployment of a V-band-based Inter-satellite Link communication module for Small Satellites to maintain communication in the conflict zone.

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