Maritime security: IMAC to be commissioned on Sunday

The government is all set to commission the Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) that will act as the central hub for information on maritime domain awareness around India.

New Delhi: The government is all set to commission the Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) that will act as the central hub for information on maritime domain awareness around India.

The centre, to be manned by Navy and coming under National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, will be commissioned by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday.

Under IMAC, over 40 Indian radars and satellites, including the radars based in Sri Lanka and Maldives, will be integrated completely in order to provide continuous feed of waters around India.

The need for such a centre was felt after the November 2008 terror attack in Mumbai by 10 militants from Pakistan who made their way into the city on a trawler, unidentified by Coast Guard ships monitoring the waters.

"The setting up of IMAC was part of the decisions that was taken after the Mumbai terror attack. Had IMAC been there at that time, the trawler from Pakistan would have been spotted," a source said.

Brigadier (retd) Gurmeet Kanwal, a defence expert, described the commissioning of IMAC as a "big boost" for maritime security which had been "consistently neglected".

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