14. Military Satellites

  1. Anil K. Maini and
  2. Varsha Agrawal

Published Online: 4 SEP 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470711736.ch14

Satellite Technology, Second Edition, Second Edition

Satellite Technology, Second Edition, Second Edition

How to Cite

Maini, A. K. and Agrawal, V. (2010) Military Satellites, in Satellite Technology, Second Edition, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470711736.ch14

Author Information

  1. Both of Laser Science and Technology Centre, Defence Research and Development Organization, Ministry of Defence, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470660249

Online ISBN: 9780470711736



  • military satellites;
  • Reconnaissance satellites;
  • Russia;
  • satellite communication;
  • SIGINT Satellites;
  • USA


Military satellites have been launched in large numbers by many developed countries of the world. In this chapter deliberation will be given to various facets of military satellites related to their development and application potential. It begins with an overview of military satellites, followed by a description of various types of military satellites such as Reconnaissance satellites, SIGINT satellites and early warning satellites. The chapter discusses the different applications of military satellites. Satellite communication has been a vital part of the military systems of the USA and Russia. These satellites provide reliable, continuous, interoperable, mobile, secure and robust communication services between the various military units and between these units and the command centres. The chapter describes the military satellites developed by various nations. It covers some of the advanced concepts, these invclude new surveillance concepts using satellites, long reach non-lethal laser dazzler and long reach laser target designator.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

military communication; Reconnaissance