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India to renew CSRS project with Maldives

23 January 2019, MVT 15:17
Defence Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi at the opening ceremony of 'Dosti 14'. PHOTO: AHMED NISHAATH / MIHAARU
23 January 2019, MVT 15:17

India plans to restart discussions with Maldives on renewing the Coastal Surveillance Radar Systems (CSRS) project.

CSRS is part of the defence cooperation dialogue agreement made in 2016 with former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

However, the radar systems were not installed as relations between both countries took a tense turn during the previous regime.

According to Indian newspaper 'Times of India', the Indian government also offered CSRS to Myanmar, Bangladesh and Indonesia, with the aim of creating a network of information which can boost maritime domain awareness (MDA) in the Indian Ocean.

Times of India also reported that older models of these radars exist in neighbouring countries such as Sri Lanka, Seychelles and Mauritius.

Local media Mihaaru stated that India is in talks with Maldives to establish the radar systems in Laamu Atoll.

The opposition, however, criticised the current government due to the existing Indian military personnel who are authorised to operate the two helicopters gifted by the Indian government.

Minister of Defence Mariya Ahmed Didi and Chief of Defence Force, Major General Abdulla Shamaal departed to India on Wednesday morning.

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