Indian newspaper “The New Indian Express” reported that the Coastal Surveillance Radar Systems (CSRS) established in the Maldives have stopped transmitting.
According to the newspaper, a source from the Indian defence establishment said that three CSRS were established in the Maldives, the last of which was set up in 2015. They also reported that India is facing difficulties due to the interrupted transmission.
The report further noted that if the radars do not work, they would have to use the helicopters stationed in the Maldives to monitor traffic around the island nation, in particular the Chinese traffic movements.
In response, the spokesperson of the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) stated that they did not want to make any comments on the matter.
While President Abdulla Yameen recently declared India to be the closest friend of the Maldives, India has been raising concerns ever since the declaration of state of emergency in the Maldives.