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Maldives Acquires Maritime Drones from Turkey

Maldives Acquires Maritime Drones from Turkey

In a significant move to strengthen its maritime security capabilities, the Maldives has acquired surveillance drones from Turkey, according to media reports. This marks the first time the island nation has deployed drones for patrolling its vast exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

The drones, reportedly Baykar TB2 models from a Turkish company, were delivered on March 3rd. The Maldivian government is establishing a dedicated drone base in Noonu atoll Maafaru to operate these military drones for comprehensive monitoring of the country’s extensive ocean territories.

This development comes amidst President Mohamed Muizzu’s focus on maritime security. Following a visit to Turkey in November, his first trip abroad after assuming office, President Muizzu reportedly secured a deal for the drone acquisition. While details of the agreement remain undisclosed, the move aligns with President Muizzu’s earlier pronouncements about establishing a 24/7 monitoring system for the Maldivian waters to ensure control over the country’s expansive EEZ.

Additionally, recent amendments to import duty regulations empower the President to waive import duties on security service equipment. This is seen as a move to facilitate the drone purchase.

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The acquisition of drones signifies a major step forward for the Maldives in safeguarding its maritime interests and resources. These aerial platforms will provide crucial aerial surveillance capabilities, enhancing the country’s ability to monitor its vast maritime domain.

MMJ News Desk
Author: MMJ News Desk

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