Indian Navy has formally inaugurated the Information Fusion Centre (IFC) for the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) to boost the maritime security and Information exchange in the IOR.
The Information Fusion Centre (IFC) for the Indian Ocean Region will be set up by the Indian Navy at the Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) in Gurugram, Haryana.
Indian Navy’s IFC-IOR will share information on “white shipping”, or commercial shipping with the countries in the region to improve maritime security and tackling piracy and terrorism in the Indian Ocean. It aims to become a maritime information hub for the entire region.
Only those countries will be served by this centre that has signed White Shipping Information Exchange agreements with India. Around 21 countries have such agreement with India till now.
The IFC will generate a seamless real-time picture of the nearly 7,500-km coastline of India by linking all the coastal radar chains.
The entire Indian Ocean region will be benefited by mutual collaboration and exchange of information through the setting up of IFC-IOR. It will help in understanding the major concerns and threats prevalent in the Indian Ocean region.