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India to donate military aircraft, helicopter to Maldives - Haveeru Online, Jan 20, 2016


Defence minister Adam Shareef meets with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday. PHOTO/ MMNDF

India has agreed to donate a utility aircraft and another helicopter to the Maldives, government announced Wednesday.

Defence minister Adam Shareef, who is visiting India, said the announcement was made during his meeting with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday.

“The minister gave his assurance that India will donate small aircraft and an additional helicopter to the Maldives,” he said, on his four-day visit.

According to the Maldivian defence minister, Parrikar will visit the Maldives this year.

India had donated two utility helicopters to the Maldives in 2010. Both the choppers are operated out of the domestic airport in the southern island of Kahdhoo in Laamu atoll.

India granted more than US$240,000 (MVR3.8 million) to the Maldives late last month to establish facilities to operate and maintain the two helicopters.

 
 
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