Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Myanmar to receive refurbished Kilo-class submarine from India

The INS Sindhuvir, which is to be transferred to the Myanmar Navy. Photo c/o Economic Times.

The Myanmar Navy (MN) is set to receive a refurbished Kilo-class diesel electric attack submarine from India.

The submarine INS Sindhuvir, built in Russia and acquired by India in the 1980s, is currently being refurbished and refitted with Indian-made systems at Hindustan Shipyards Ltd.

It is expected that the submarine will be delivered to the MN within the year, after securing approval from the Russian government.

Myanmar will use the submarine to train for its future submarine fleet, which Myanmar has been planning to have as its neighbors like Bangladesh and Thailand start to operate submarines.

It is believed that Myanmar used a Line of Credit (LOC) extended by India for acquiring defense related products.

Myanmar is expected to be the 5th country in Southeast Asia to operate submarines in its fleet after Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. 

[1] Economic Times India

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