India has launched its first satellite for exclusively military use, the Indian Space Research Organization said Friday.

The GSAT-7, an advanced multi-band communication satellite, was lofted into space from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana and will attain a geostationary orbit at some point next week, the ISRO said.

The 2.5-ton satellite, which India built at a cost of $27.5 million, will be used by the country's navy and is "important from security and surveillance points of view," an ISRO official told the Press Trust of India.

The South Asian giant joins the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France in the exclusive club of nations with military satellites.

India sent up its first lunar probe in 2008 and plans an unmanned mission to Mars in the near future. EFE