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India provides anti-piracy air assets to Seychelles

The Indian Army has based a Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft in the Seychelles. An agreement was signed between the two countries on January 6. This is the prelude to a larger operation between the two countries.

India promised last year to provide the Seychelles with a small surveillance fleet consisting of a Dornier aircraft, identical to the one deployed, and two Chetak helicopters. These devices are being built by the national manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics. Cost for India: $20 million. This preliminary deployment therefore makes it possible to “weld” with this donation, by testing the aircraft on a full scale basis and ensuring crew training.

This cooperation complements that undertaken with the United Arab Emirates in maritime matters and makes it possible to provide the Indian Ocean archipelago with the means adapted to the fight against pirates over a wider area. Also read: The Emirates equip the Seychelles fleet with 5 new ships

(photo credit: HAL un dornier 228)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).