New Delhi: On September 16, Cochin Shipyard reported the theft of certain commercially available hardware items (COTS) from the Multifunction Consoles (MFCs) of the Integrated Platform Management System aboard the VICrant indigenous aircraft carrier. The news comes even when President Kovind is set to grant the highest military honor ‘Colors of the president’ to the Indian Naval Academy (INA) on November 20.
The Kerala Police and the National Investigation Agency have begun their investigation into the case.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is responsible for the safety of Cochin Shipbuilding Ltd. (CSL). To complement CISF, CSL has hired additional labor for the safety of the shipyard and the aircraft carrier.
Security has already been improved at the sensitive points of the yard according to the recommendations of the Kerala police and other central security agencies.
In addition, a videography of both gateways to the ship, the operationalization of CCTVs, biometric access control, blocking of sensitive compartments and other measures has been taken. All security arrangements within the yard are periodically reviewed and implemented in consultation with the CISF / Intelligence Bureau.
This information was given by Rajnath Singh in a written response to Amar Patnaik in Rajya Sabha on November 18.
Singh was yesterday at the ADMM-Plus summit in Bangkok, Thailand, where he held bilateral meetings with defense officers from Japan, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand in ADMM-Plus. He confirmed the commitment of India to achieve a $ 26 billion defense industry by 2025 with the "Make in India" program.
On the sidelines of the summit, Singh met with the United States Secretary of Defense, Mark T Esper. Both leaders expressed their satisfaction at the increased commitments between the two countries and looked forward to the 2 + 2 meeting in Washington DC next month. Rajnath too discussed the regional security situation and shared with Esper India's vision and perspective on the Indo-Pacific.