India has started an ambitious program from on the use of geostationary satellites for missile defense, reports The Times of India on May 19. These satellites will be to track missile launches with a radius of 6000 km and operate independently of the functioning of the military and intelligence LEO satellite constellation. The advantage of geostationary satellites is their fixed position at an altitude of 36,000 km, synchronized with the movement of the Earth.
These satellites will warn of missile threats without interrupting their main objectives for communication and meteorological observations, the sources said. In the current time are already working on creating special lenses to improve resolution capabilities of cosmic telescopes and cameras, as electrical equipment for analyzing the incoming of information.
The program is aimed at equipping geostationary satellites «sensitive equipment» along with other payload for these devices. The satellites will be able to find «any missile activity» occurring within 6000 km. Incoming information will be used to alert a missile defense system.
Indian defense research organization and development DRDO is developing a missile interceptor flight tests passing. Introduction of geostationary satellites will allow ABM identify targets up to 1 m, detect «any missile movement» and thermal radiation missile launch.