The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar released a stamp on 14th February 2015 commemorating the indigenous Naval communication satellite Rukmani, which is a dedicated Naval satellite, taking the Navy to the step in achieving complete digitisation of communications. The Stamp Release took place on board the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya on the occasion of two days’ of Theatre Readiness Operational Level Exercise (TROPEX-2015), off the coast of Goa in the Arabian Sea.
GSAT-7, the multi-band communication satellite named Rukmani (Rukmini) is the first satellite developed by ISRO and the sixth among the stack of seven INSAT-4 series communication satellites which was designed, developed and fabricated by India. It carries the payloads in UHF, C-band and Ku band. The 2,650 kilograms GSAT-7 is the last of ISRO’s seven fourth-generation satellites. The multiple-band spacecraft will be used exclusively by the Navy to shore up secure, real-time communications among its warships, submarines, aircraft and land systems. GSAT-7 / INSAT-4F is said to significantly improve the country’s maritime security and intelligence gathering in a wide swathe on the eastern and western flanks of the Indian Ocean region. The satellite was launched early on 30 August 2013 atop an Ariane 5 ECA rocket from Kourou, French Guiana.