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India is building military infrastructure on Mauritius' Agalega Island to increase its presence in the western Indian Ocean.
Over the last few years, a 10,000-foot runway and a jetty have been constructed on the island, which is located over 1,100 kilometre north of the main island of Mauritius.
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Military infrastructure under development on Agalega Island.
Now, satellite imagery dated 20 April 2022 shows hangars large enough to house the Indian Navy's P-8I submarine-hunting aircraft are under construction next to the newly-built runway.
The hangars "measure 180 feet long and 200 feet wide — big enough to house large military aircraft such as India's P-8I Poseidon, which measures 123 in length and has a wingspan of 126 feet," the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Washington DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies has reported.
Hangars under construction on Agalega Island.

Hangars under construction on Agalega Island.
This development confirms what maritime security experts have long suspected — India plans to deploy its P-8I long-range surveillance aircraft on the island.
China has been rapidly expanding its presence in the western Indian Ocean. Apart from building its first foreign military base in Djibouti, it has invested heavily in infrastructure in Africa, particularly ports. Many of these ports are located on the eastern coast of Africa, which lies in the western Indian Ocean, and could turn into Chinese outposts in the future.

India In Western Indian Ocean


Earlier this week, India deployed one of its P-8I aircraft at the La Réunion Island in the southern Indian Ocean on a five-day mission to undertake coordinated surveillance with French Navy warships in the region.
“The P-8I aircraft will engage with French warships and undertake coordinated surveillance missions in area to enhance maritime safety and security in the Southern Indian Ocean, including the Mozambique Channel,” an Indian Navy spokesperson has said.
It is not the first time that an Indian Navy P-8I has been deployed to the Island of Réunion, an overseas department of France. A P-8I aircraft of the Indian Navy participated in a joint patrol with France from the Réunion Island in 2020. French Navy personnel were onboard the Indian Navy aircraft during the patrol in the southwest Indian Ocean.

India’s maritime security strategy lists the south-west Indian Ocean, including the Mozambique Channel (used by shipping transiting the Cape of Good Hope) and the east coast of Africa, where China has been investing heavily, as one of the primary areas of interest.
The infrastructure coming up on Agalega will support India’s maritime assets, including P-8Is, in the western Indian Ocean, particularly waters close to the western coast of Africa, an increasingly important region where the Indian Navy’s engagements have been relatively limited.




 
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India is building military infrastructure on Mauritius' Agalega Island to increase its presence in the western Indian Ocean.
Over the last few years, a 10,000-foot runway and a jetty have been constructed on the island, which is located over 1,100 kilometre north of the main island of Mauritius.
[IMG alt="Military infrastructure under development on Agalega Island.
"]https://gumlet.assettype.com/swarajya/2022-05/7fc73b68-56e7-44fd-9940-52af456a85f6/Agalega_4_20_22_sm_WM.webp?auto=format,compress&format=webp&w=610&dpr=1.0[/IMG]
Military infrastructure under development on Agalega Island.
Now, satellite imagery dated 20 April 2022 shows hangars large enough to house the Indian Navy's P-8I submarine-hunting aircraft are under construction next to the newly-built runway.
The hangars "measure 180 feet long and 200 feet wide — big enough to house large military aircraft such as India's P-8I Poseidon, which measures 123 in length and has a wingspan of 126 feet," the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Washington DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies has reported.
Hangars under construction on Agalega Island.

Hangars under construction on Agalega Island.
This development confirms what maritime security experts have long suspected — India plans to deploy its P-8I long-range surveillance aircraft on the island.
China has been rapidly expanding its presence in the western Indian Ocean. Apart from building its first foreign military base in Djibouti, it has invested heavily in infrastructure in Africa, particularly ports. Many of these ports are located on the eastern coast of Africa, which lies in the western Indian Ocean, and could turn into Chinese outposts in the future.

India In Western Indian Ocean


Earlier this week, India deployed one of its P-8I aircraft at the La Réunion Island in the southern Indian Ocean on a five-day mission to undertake coordinated surveillance with French Navy warships in the region.
“The P-8I aircraft will engage with French warships and undertake coordinated surveillance missions in area to enhance maritime safety and security in the Southern Indian Ocean, including the Mozambique Channel,” an Indian Navy spokesperson has said.
It is not the first time that an Indian Navy P-8I has been deployed to the Island of Réunion, an overseas department of France. A P-8I aircraft of the Indian Navy participated in a joint patrol with France from the Réunion Island in 2020. French Navy personnel were onboard the Indian Navy aircraft during the patrol in the southwest Indian Ocean.

India’s maritime security strategy lists the south-west Indian Ocean, including the Mozambique Channel (used by shipping transiting the Cape of Good Hope) and the east coast of Africa, where China has been investing heavily, as one of the primary areas of interest.
The infrastructure coming up on Agalega will support India’s maritime assets, including P-8Is, in the western Indian Ocean, particularly waters close to the western coast of Africa, an increasingly important region where the Indian Navy’s engagements have been relatively limited.




P8I has been operating from French Island of Reunion too.

Original plans called for a fleet of 24 such aircrafts. So that apart from regular isr flights from Goa and Ark, a detachment can be deployed at A&N too. And remaining capacity be utilised with allies in IOR. But with only 12 now, keeping presence down south will be difficult.
 

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P8I has been operating from French Island of Reunion too.

Original plans called for a fleet of 24 such aircrafts. So that apart from regular isr flights from Goa and Ark, a detachment can be deployed at A&N too. And remaining capacity be utilised with allies in IOR. But with only 12 now, keeping presence down south will be difficult.

Boeing CEO visited India recently. I think order for 6 more Poseidons are on the cards if they fulfill their offset commitments.
 
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Boeing CEO visited India recently. I think order for 6 more Poseidons are on the cards if they fulfill their offset commitments.
Yes atleast 6 more should be procured. We have around 3 more Il38 still operational. Will strengthen the Goa squadron to replace the Il38 capability. Any residue can be posted in A&N as a detachment.

We are working for the maritime patrol version of C295 for coast guard and AEW based on A320 platform for IAF.

In future, any capability gap for asw/mpa can be filled by a local solution on A320 platform.
 

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Pakistan should have taken the Muslim majority lakshwadeep islands but we are ruled by incompetent and slave generals.


Its 400 KM from Kochi to Lakshawdeeps.

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Its 1725 KM from Karachi to Lakshadweep.
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How do you expect your Navy to control Lakshdweep at all? During 1947, there was not even enough merchant ships with Pakistan and you expect PN to take over Lakshdweep?

Pakistan's main goal was to integrate all the provinces back then. And deal with Kashmir, which was trying to remain independent kingdom. And later to deal with India's military action in Kashmir. Lakshdweep was literally a bridge too far.
 

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Its 400 KM from Kochi to Lakshawdeeps.

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Its 1725 KM from Karachi to Lakshadweep.
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How do you expect your Navy to control Lakshdweep at all? During 1947, there was not even enough merchant ships with Pakistan and you expect PN to take over Lakshdweep?
He is a true visionary. Pakistan needs more of such greater than normal men.

Just imagine if Pakistan had acquired Lakshadweep islands during partition and somehow hold on. They could have built a bridge from Karachi to Lakshadweep under CPEC. This would have given them multiple advantages.

1. This would be the longest bridge in the whole world. Pakistani people would have gained much needed self-esteem. Overseas Pakistani migrants would not have hesitated in identifying themselves as Pakistani anymore.
2. Like you mentioned, Indian mainland is just 400 km from there. Just imagine never-ending waves of attacks by the mard-e-momins originating from the Islands to Kochi. With internationally accepted and indipendently verified ratio of 1:10000, they would have easily overcome the lesser men of Kochi and start spreading to inland. They would have to walk over the bridge from Karachi (can't afford to drive them at present fuel rates, can we?) and swim to Kochi. This is just a small hindrance in such a noble cause.
3. With this bridge Pakistan would have effectively blocked sea lanes from all major sea ports from Western India. I can imagine the long lines of ships at the toll naka waiting for their turn. Pakistan would have recovered the cost of construction within one year only and, first time ever, would not require to refinance the loan. No Pakistani would have to work anymore and all will have property in DHA colony. The common men's jealousy towards lucky people having DHA property would have permanently gone away.
4. Second phase of project is to extend the bridge to hambantota port in Sri Lanka and collect toll from all ships travelling in Indian Ocean.
Being a CPEC project, none would dare to attack it, fearing retribution from great dragon.

Hats off to the "bomber man"!

Disclaimer: all pun were intended. Please take it lightly. Thanks for reading it till end.
 

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Pakistan should have taken the Muslim majority lakshwadeep islands but we are ruled by incompetent and slave generals.
Doubt if many even knew of Lakshadweep existing, Andaman and Nicobar was the real prize, India's unsinkable aircraft carrier near Malacca strait.
 

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He is a true visionary. Pakistan needs more of such greater than normal men.

Just imagine if Pakistan had acquired Lakshadweep islands during partition and somehow hold on. They could have built a bridge from Karachi to Lakshadweep under CPEC. This would have given them multiple advantages.

1. This would be the longest bridge in the whole world. Pakistani people would have gained much needed self-esteem. Overseas Pakistani migrants would not have hesitated in identifying themselves as Pakistani anymore.
2. Like you mentioned, Indian mainland is just 400 km from there. Just imagine never-ending waves of attacks by the mard-e-momins originating from the Islands to Kochi. With internationally accepted and indipendently verified ratio of 1:10000, they would have easily overcome the lesser men of Kochi and start spreading to inland. They would have to walk over the bridge from Karachi (can't afford to drive them at present fuel rates, can we?) and swim to Kochi. This is just a small hindrance in such a noble cause.
3. With this bridge Pakistan would have effectively blocked sea lanes from all major sea ports from Western India. I can imagine the long lines of ships at the toll naka waiting for their turn. Pakistan would have recovered the cost of construction within one year only and, first time ever, would not require to refinance the loan. No Pakistani would have to work anymore and all will have property in DHA colony. The common men's jealousy towards lucky people having DHA property would have permanently gone away.
4. Second phase of project is to extend the bridge to hambantota port in Sri Lanka and collect toll from all ships travelling in Indian Ocean.
Being a CPEC project, none would dare to attack it, fearing retribution from great dragon.

Hats off to the "bomber man"!

Disclaimer: all pun were intended. Please take it lightly. Thanks for reading it till end.

We have a joker here, maybe we should throw a few 10rs notes on u. The island is muslim majority and if east bangal can be part of Pakistan by being muslim majority than why not the islands? But hey jokers ruled us so we have ppl like u produced now.
 

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