India to donate Seychelles plane, 2 helicopters

21:41, July 21, 2010      

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Visiting Indian Defense Minister A.K Antony says his country will give the Seychelles a plane and two helicopters.

Antony, who has been in the Indian Ocean island country since Monday on an official visit, made the announcement on Tuesday when handing over military communication gadgets to President James Michel.

The Indian defense chief said his visit to the Seychelles is a follow-up to a trip made in June by President Michel to India, which offered 5 million U.S dollars to the Seychelles in military support.

A Dornier surveillance plane and two Chetak helicopters will be made by Hindustan Aeronautics in Bangalore and will be delivered in 15 months, Antony said.

India and the Seychelles have maintained long standing military cooperation. Currently, Indian instructors are training Seychelles military officers at the Defense Academy in the southern part of the island near the Seychelles International Airport.

Seychelles military officers have also undergone training in India. Its Coast Guards recently received Topaz, a huge Indian patrol ship, to boost fight against Somali pirates.

Source: Xinhua


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