India to renew coastal radar offer during Maldives defence minister’s visit

With Maldives defence minister Mariya Ahmed Didi due to visit India on her first tour this week, New Delhi plans to renew its offer to extend the coastal surveillance radar systems (CSRS) project to the island neighbour, as part of the defence cooperation dialogue.

The dialogue is part of the defence cooperation agreement signed with former President Abdulla Yameen in 2016. However, as relations between New Delhi and Male went into a freeze, Yameen refused to allow the installation of Indian radars, preferring to turn to China.

Sources said the CSRS is being offered to other countries as well, which will contribute to creating a network of information to aid maritime domain awareness (MDA) in the Indian Ocean region.

India has offered the system to Myanmar where discussions are reportedly at an advanced stage, as well as to Bangladesh. Thailand has also been tapped Read more

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