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Indo-Pacific Maritime Domain Awareness (IPMDA) Initiative

Indo-Pacific Maritime Domain Awareness (IPMDA) Initiative:

The Indian Navy Chief Admiral said that the Indo-Pacific Maritime Domain Awareness (IPMDA) initiative is a testament to the commitment to a free, open, inclusive, and rules-based Indo-Pacific region.

  • Indo-Pacific Maritime Domain Awareness (IPMDA) initiative was announced at the 2022 Quad Leaders’ Summit in Tokyo.
  • It was announced to track “dark shipping” and build a “faster, wider, and more accurate maritime picture of near-real-time activities in partners’ waters”, integrating three critical regions in the Indo-Pacific — the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, and the IOR.
  • It is a technology and training initiative to enhance maritime domain awareness in the Indo-Pacific region and to bring increased transparency to its critical waterways.
  • It harnesses innovative technology, such as commercial satellite radio frequency data collection, to provide partners across Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean region and the Pacific with near real-time information on activities occurring in their maritime zones.