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India has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) for a military firing exercise to be conducted around the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, close to the strategically important Malacca Strait. The designated exercise area spans 380 kilometers and is scheduled for March 29-30, 2024.

The timing of the exercise coincides with the presence of the Chinese Yuan Wang 3 space tracking ship in the region. Analysts believe India might be test-firing the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, which is deployed in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The BrahMos missiles are known for their speed and precision, and their deployment serves as a deterrent against potential Chinese incursions into the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) in the event of conflict.

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands hold strategic significance for India due to their proximity to the Malacca Strait, a vital global shipping lane. Regularly conducted military exercises in the region help India maintain its military preparedness and assert its dominance in the IOR.

While the NOTAM confirms a military exercise, it does not explicitly mention the type of weaponry that will be used. However, the presence of the Yuan Wang 3 and the strategic location suggest a possible focus on missile testing.

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