Indian Navy and Ahmedabad-based Space Application Centre on 15 May 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Data Sharing and Scientific cooperation in the field of Meteorology and Oceanology. The MoU was signed at SAC, Ahmedabad by Vice Admiral SN Ghormade, AVSM, NM, Director General Naval Operations and Tapan Misra, Director, Space Application Centre (SAC). The signed pact provides for the creation of a common platform of mutual cooperation where SAC will be sharing its expertise in a number of areas including satellite data acquisition technology with the Indian Navy.
Areas of cooperation includes: Operational use of SAC generated weather products. Sharing of non-confidential observational data for pre-launch sensor calibration and post launch satellite data validation. Provisioning expertise for installation of various satellite data processing modules at Naval METOC organisations. Transfer of technology to generate weather information. Carrying out calibration and validation for ocean models.
Training on latest technology and sharing of subject matter experts from the organisations for effective knowledge transfer. This synchronisation of the scientific advancements and expertise of SAC into the efforts of Indian Navy will help India’s defence forces a step ahead into the rapid development in the fields of Environment Sciences and Satellite Data acquisition technology. The MoU will also help in boosting the established collaboration between the two organisations.