India has resumed the installation of coastal surveillance radar stations across the Maldives to enhance the Indian Navy’s (IN’s) maritime domain awareness (MDA) in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
Official sources in New Delhi said India had restarted work on Phase II of the INR6 billion (USD85.7 million) Coastal Surveillance Radar System (CSRS) project in early April following the replacement of Abdulla Yameen by Ibrahim Mohamed Solih as the Maldivian president in late 2018.
India has long maintained that Yameen was responsible for suspending the CSRS in 2016–17 following the installation of three radar stations manufactured by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) under Phase I of the programme.
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