Fifteen signatures of Iridium satellite phones, used by the U.S.-led allied forces in Afghanistan, and Wi-Fi-enabled thermal imagery devices that help terrorists to escape security cordons have been found in the militancy-hit Kashmir Valley.



  • Bodies such as the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) and the Defence Intelligence Agencies (DIA) have been tasked with finding and giving out real-time information about the presence of these satellite phones in the Kashmir Valley.
  • In the aftermath of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) first restricted the use of Iridium and Thuraya satellite phones and infrastructure, and in 2012 completely banned them the under the provisions of the Indian Telegraph Act.


What is the Iridium Satellite Phones?

  • Iridium Communications Inc. is a publicly traded American company headquartered in McLean, Virginia.
  • Iridium operates the Iridium satellite constellation, a system of 66 active satellites used for worldwide voice and data communication from hand-held satellite phones and other transceiver units.