In the second week of April 2023, the Indian Navy deployed its MQ-9 Reaper drone for surveillance operations over Coco Island, located off the coast of Myanmar. This move comes as an airbase on the island undergoes modernization, and there have been reports of other developments taking place in the region.

It has been reported that China has established a secret base on Coco Island to keep a close watch on Indian missile tests. This has raised concerns about China’s increasing presence in the region and its intentions in the Bay of Bengal.

China’s presence on Coco Island has been a cause for concern for India for some time, and the deployment of the MQ-9 Reaper drone is part of its efforts to counter China’s growing influence in the Bay of Bengal. India has been working to strengthen its maritime capabilities and partnerships with other countries in the region to ensure that its interests are protected.

Coco Island is strategically located in the Bay of Bengal and has been the subject of geopolitical tensions in recent years. Myanmar has been developing the airbase on the island, and there have been reports of other developments taking place, including the construction of a deep-water port.