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The De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar in­au­gu­rated the In­dian Navy and Coast Guards joint op­er­a­tions fa­cil­ity, called the In­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment and Anal­y­sis Cen­tre (IMAC), at Gur­gaon, on Novem­ber 23, 2014. Set up to pro­vide coastal secu- rity and to avert tragic in­ci­dents like the 26/11 ter­ror at­tack on Mumbai, the IMAC is the nodal cen­tre of the Na­tional Com­mand Con­trol Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and In­tel­li­gence Net­work (NC3I Net­work), and is a joint ini­tia­tive of the In­dian Navy and the Coast Guard along with the Bharat Elec­tron­ics Ltd to im­prove coastal surveil­lance.

De­scrib­ing it as a bold ini­tia­tive and a re­ply of this great na­tion to the Mumbai at­tack, Par­rikar was can­did to ad­mit that the surveil­lance net­work has still some gaps which need to be plugged. He said this is an enor­mous task con­sid­er­ing the fact that there are about two to three lakh fish­ing boats op­er­at­ing in our coast­lines and the ac­tive co­op­er­a­tion of the state gov­ern­ments is re­quired to achieve one hun­dred per cent suc­cess.

The soft­ware has been spe­cially de­vel­oped by the In­dian Navy to amal­ga­mate in­for­ma­tion from 46 coastal radars, sen­sors, high-res­o­lu­tion cam­eras, ship-based radars, air­borne surveil­lance planes, satel­lites and UAVs. The NC3I net­work links 51 Naval and Coast Guard sta­tions, lo­cated along the coast and on is­land ter­ri­to­ries. The net­work pro­vides th­ese sta­tions coastal surveil­lance in­for­ma­tion ob­tained from var­i­ous sen­sors such as the coastal radar chain of the In­dian Coast Guard and au­to­matic track­ing sys­tems as well as elec­tro-op­ti­cal cam­eras.

The en­tire NC3I Net­work has been in­te­grated by the Bharat Elec­tron­ics Limited, Ben­galuru. The NC3I Net­work and IMAC are also linked with the Na­tional Mar­itime Do­main Aware­ness (NMDA) Project.

The Naval Chief Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan in his open­ing ad­dress said this project will go a long way in beefing up the mar­itime surveil­lance, thereby, en­hanc­ing the Na­tional Mar­itime Do­main Aware­ness Project.

Amongst oth­ers, the func­tion was at­tended by the Min­is­ter of State for De­fence Rao In­der­jit Singh, De­fence Sec­re­tary R.K. Mathur and CMD of Bharat Elec­tron­ics Limited S.K. Sharma.

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