India deploys Dornier aircraft to Maldives for anti-piracy patrols

India has deployed another Dornier aircraft to the Maldives to assist in anti-piracy patrols and maritime surveillance, reports the Times of India.

The aircraft will operate in the Maldives for three weeks following “alarm bells in the Indian security establishment over renewed efforts by China to further expand its footprint in Maldives,” the paper reported.

India is also assisting with hydrographic surveys and the building of a network of ground radars across all 26 atolls, linked with Indian maritime systems, the paper noted.