- With an eye on maritime threats, India has finally finished the first phase of a security umbrella being built in Maldives with the installation of the third coastal radar system in the island country.
- The development assumes significance in the wake of increased Chinese naval activity in the Indian Ocean region.
- The first radar was fitted at the southernmost Addu city’s Gan island in 2007, but New Delhi took a serious note of maritime security threats after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack and re-evaluated its strategic needs.
- After the assessment, a second radar was installed in the northern island of Uligamu in 2012.
- Engineers from India’s Bharat Electronics Limited undertook the installation and operationalisation of the radar and the Automatic Identification System system and provides all-weather 24-hour coverage of the sea area adjoining Laamu.