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India to handover Kilo class attack submarine to Myanmar

16th October, 2020 Defence

Context: India will hand over INS Sindhuvir, a Kilo class submarine to the Myanmar Navy.

India-Myanmar defence cooperation

  • This will be the first submarine of the Southeast Asian country and the move is in line with the overall Indian vision that aspires to guarantee security for all maritime partners.
  • Last year, India supplied Myanmar ‘Shyena’ advanced light torpedoes as part of a defence deal.
  • This will be the first submarine of the Myanmar Navy.
  • This is in accordance with vision of SAGAR — Security and Growth for All in the Region, and in line with India’s commitment to build capacities and self-reliance in all our neighbouring countries.

INS Sindhuvir

  • It belongs to a class of diesel-electric attack submarines built by the Soviet Union during the Cold War years.

Significance: India’s military outreach to Myanmar is important as it comes in the backdrop of the ongoing military tension along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh between India and China, a leading industrial and business partner of the Southeast Asian state.