India Delivers Two Dorniers To Guyana

India Delivers Two Dorniers To Guyana

On Monday, India delivered two Dornier-228 aircraft to Guyana as part of a Line of Credit Agreement, marking a new phase in their partnership. The Indian Air Force team facilitated the delivery, initiated by diplomatic efforts led by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and High Commissioner Dr KJ Srinivasa.

This demonstrates India’s commitment to enhancing Guyana’s defence capabilities, with President Ali’s visit to HAL in 2023 being a starting point. Guyana’s government, represented by Dr Ashni K Singh, expressed gratitude for India’s support and emphasised the importance of advanced technology in national security, particularly for the Air Corps and Coast Guard.

The Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson addressed the delivery as a milestone in bilateral relations, enabling connectivity, medical evacuation, and disaster response.

Guyana’s President confirmed the arrival of the planes at Cheddi Jagan International Airport, highlighting their significance for the Guyana Defence Force. Despite geographical separation, India and Guyana share colonial histories, agrarian economies, and diverse societies.

Last month, a Defence Line of Credit was established with the Caribbean region, facilitated by the Export-Import Bank of India, totalling USD 23.37 million. This agreement, which constitutes the 292nd Line of Credit overseas from Exim Bank, serves to strengthen India’s dedication to cultivating international collaborations.