New Delhi: On 16 September, the Cochin Shipyard reported the theft of certain commercially off the shelf (COTS) hardware items from MultiFunction Consoles (MFCs) of Integrated Platform Management System onboard Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) INS Vikrant. The news comes even as President Kovind is set to award the highest military honour ‘President’s Colours’ to the Indian Naval Academy (INA) on 20 November.
The Kerala Police and National Investigation Agency have begun their investigation into the case.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is responsible for the security of Cochin Shipbuilding Ltd. (CSL). To complement CISF, additional manpower has been engaged by CSL for the security of the yard as well as the aircraft carrier.
Security has already been enhanced at sensitive points in the yard as per the recommendations of Kerala Police and other Central Security Agencies.
Besides, videography of both gangways to the ship, operationalization of CCTVs, Biometric access control, locking of sensitive compartments, and other measures have been taken up. All security arrangements within the yard are periodically reviewed and implemented in consultation with CISF/Intelligence Bureau.
This information was given by Rajnath Singh in a written reply to Amar Patnaik in the Rajya Sabha on 18 November.
Singh was at the ADMM-Plus summit in Bangkok, Thailand, yesterday, where he held bilateral meets with Defence Officials of Japan, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand at ADMM-Plus. He affirmed India’s committment to achieving a $26bn Defence industry by 2025 with the ‘Make in India’ program.
On the sidelines of the summit, Singh met with the US Secretary of Defence Mark T Esper. Both leaders expressed satisfaction over increasing engagements between the two countries and looked forward to the 2+2 meeting in Washington DC next month. Rajnath also discussed the regional security situation and shared with Esper India’s vision and perspective on the Indo-Pacific.
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