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India successfully launches 1st military satellite

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India's space agency on Friday announced the successful launch of the country's first dedicated military satellite, expected to be operational by the end of September.

The state-run Indian Space Research Organization, in a press release, said the GSAT-7 advanced communication satellite was launched early Friday morning from a spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana in South America.

The home-built satellite was carried into orbit by an Ariane-5 launch vehicle of European space consortium Arianespace after a half-hour flight.

The Press Trust of India reported that India's navy would be the user of the multiband communication satellite.

It is expected to greatly contribute to the country's maritime security when it becomes operational after being placed in a geostationary orbit in September, PTI said.

==Kyodo

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