- Information Fusion Centre (IFC) – Indian Ocean Region
IFC is based at the Indian Navy’s Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) at Gurugram in the National Capital Region.
IMAC is the single point centre on Indian Navy, linking all the coastal radar chains to generate a seamless real-time picture of the nearly 7,500km coastline.
- The IFC for Indian Ocean Region has the primary objective of jointly monitoring the vast Indian Ocean Region.
- To strengthen maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR)
- IFC-IOR is aimed at keeping the global commons open and accessible for all.
Functions of IFC
- Indian Navy has launched its Information Fusion Centre (IFC) that will share information on vessels of interest with other friendly nations.
- IFC will function as a platform where multiple friendly nations can freely exchange non-sensitive information from maritime domain.
- The IFC – IOR shall be a collaborative construct that will work with partners, countries as well as international agencies; to enhance maritime security and safety
- It would also aim to work closely with the multi-national constructs and other information fusion centres.
- IFC-IOR will work closely with countries in the region on white shipping and will be operated by the Indian Navy.
- The IFC-IOR would work towards capability building in the region, coordination of incident response and disaster relief, and in time, also share submarine safety information
Kinds of shipping:
Ships would be classified into:
- White (commercial ships)
- Grey (military vessels)
Black (illegal vessels)