As neighbors India and China continue to be embroiled in a heated military stand-off which enters its sixth month, the countdown has officially begun for this month’s showdown talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
However, regardless of the outcome, New Delhi has taken all measures in its power to equip its armed forces with advanced weapons, special clothing, and other equipment to stand the best chance of thwarting the Chinese army if it eventually comes down to a winter war.
Now, with the French Rafales already parading the skies and the T-90 Bhishma and the T-72 tanks providing an impenetrable defense in the Ladakh region, there lies a chance that Beijing could resort to hacking into the Indian Army’s communications systems in order to sabotage their mission plans.
Well, the Indian Army has undertaken an extra step to ensure that does not happen and has launched an indigenous WhatsApp-like messaging application for its personnel to maintain its secrecy operations.
The app, which is called ‘Secure Application for Internet (SAI)’, has been designed by the Army’s Corps of Signals, which is the arm of the Indian Army which is responsible for handling its military communications.
SAI has been built exclusively for military usage and will provide the personnel a closed-high security network to issue timely mission information without the threat of sensitive military communications getting leaked to enemy agencies, especially in areas like eastern Ladakh and around the Kashmir Line of Control (LoC) border.
The application is yet another promising product of Prime Minister Modi’s “Make in India” initiative which encourages the development of defense equipment and technologies within the nation in a bid to lessen reliance on foreign nations.
The Indian Ministry of Defence released a statement regarding the app on the official website of the Press Bureau of India, which said,
“In the quest for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, the Indian Army has developed a simple and secure messaging application named the “Secure Application for Internet (SAI)”. The application supports end to end secure voice, text and video calling services…