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Information Fusion Centre for Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR):

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Information Fusion Centre for Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR):


Context:

The United Kingdom has appointed a liaison officer to the Indian Navy’s Information Fusion Centre for Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR), which is meant for maritime domain awareness.

About IFC-IOR:

  • The IFC-IOR was set up in 2018 to coordinate with regional countries on maritime issues and act as a regional repository of maritime data.
  • It presently has linkages with 21 partner countries and 22 multi-national agencies across the globe.
  • It is located in Gurugram, India.

Roles and functions of a liaison officer:

The liaison officer will be based full-time at the centre, working directly with the Indian armed forces and fellow liaison officers from partner nations to enhance maritime domain awareness in the region.

  • International Liaison Officers (ILO) from 13 countries have been invited, and ILOs from countries had joined earlier- Australia, France, Japan and the U.S.. The U.K. is the 5th country to post an ILO.

 

Insta Curious: 

Do you know about the Indian Ocean Commision? Read Here (Briefly)

 

InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. What is IFC- IOR?
  2. What is the Regional Maritime Information Fusion Centre (RMIFC)?
  3. Who established European-led mission in the Strait of Hormuz (EMASOH)?
  4. Locate Persian Gulf and strait of Hormuz.

Mains Link:

Discuss how observer status at the Indian Ocean Commission helps India secure its strategic objectives.

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Sources: the Hindu.