India gifted a Dornier maritime patrol aircraft to Seychelles, which will increase the island nation’s surveillance capabilities.
On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a $100 million credit for Seychelles to buy military hardware from India.
But confusion continues over the cooperation in the development of Assumption Island.
The Do-228 aircraft, built by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), was formally handed over by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Seychelles President Danny Faure, who is on an official visit to India.
“The handing over of Do-228 to Seychelles reflects the government of India’s firm commitment to, and continued engagement in, further developing, consolidating and expanding the comprehensive multi-faceted cooperation between India and Seychelles,” Ms. Swaraj said.
Mr. Faure, who received the airworthiness certificate of the aircraft, called it a “historic day” and said the aircraft would help to bolster the coastal surveillance of Seychelles and the policing of its extensive Exclusive Economic Zone.
The aircraft is expected to be flown at the 42nd Independence Day celebrations of Seychelles on June 29. It will be operated by men of the Seychelles Air Force, who have been trained in its operation and maintenance.