In a manifestation of growing defence relations between the UAE and India, an Indian Navy missile boat, INS Pralaya is participating at the ongoing show.
INS Mysore, an indigenously built guided missile destroyer, mission deployed in the region, is also making a port call at Abu Dhabi from 19 to 22 Feb.
The indigenously built warship is the second Prabal Class Missile boat commissioned into the Indian Navy and was built by Goa Shipyard Limited.
India and UAE defence relations between have been steadily growing since the upgradation of bilateral relations to a ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ during the visit of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in January 2017 as Chief Guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations.
Indian Navy ships have been making regular port calls at UAE for promoting maritime cooperation.
The two navies conducted the inaugural edition of Indian Navy – UAE Navy bilateral exercise GULF STAR – 1 in March 2018.
The 2nd edition of the exercise is likely to be conducted in 2021.
INS Pralaya was inducted into service in December 2002 and has a displacement of 560 tonne. It is capable of speeds in excess of 35 knots.
The missile boat is armed with a 76.2 mm medium range gun, 30 mm close range guns, chaff launchers and long range surface to surface missiles.
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