Back in 2009, the Government of India sanctioned INR 8,098 crore (about $1.8 billion) to develop a pan-India communications network just for the defense forces. This 60,000km Optic Fiber Cable (OFC) network when completed is expected to connect 162 air force, 129 army and 33 navy bases. Last week, India’s Defense Minister, AK Antony, announced an additional INR 5,236 crore (about $1.3 billion) will be invested in the project making the grand total to a $3.1 Billion.
In another report, director for the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India, KD Nayak said: “The Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is developing an indigenous technology to ensure networking systems are safe and secure. It has completed 50 percent of the project to protect cyber network in the country from malware and hackers.”