Maldives Defence Minister admits their pilots can't fly aircraft given by India

The Maldives military is facing a capability gap after acknowledging a lack of pilots qualified to operate three aircraft donated by India. This comes just days after the departure of Indian defence personnel who operated the aircraft.
Maldives Defence Minister admits their pilots can't fly aircraft given by India
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The Maldives’s Defence Minister Ghassan Maumoon has admitted that its military lacks pilots capable of operating three aircraft donated by India, days after the last of the Indian defence personnel left the island nation.

The Indian personnel left the Maldives on Friday, adhering to a deadline set in February as part of an agreement between the two nations. This agreement followed a demand made by Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu, known for his pro-China stance, shortly after taking office in November 2023.

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Maldives Defence Minister admits their pilots can't fly aircraft given by India

The Maldives signed a military assistance pact with China in March. It has also allowed a Chinese research vessel to dock at its port, in India's backyard.

Source: ANI

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