India to Deliver Kilo Class Submarine INS Sindhuvir to Myanmar Navy

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India will be delivering a kilo class submarine INS Sindhuvir to Myanmar Navy and this will be the first submarine of the neighbouring country.

The step is in accordance with India’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) and also in line with India’s commitment to building capacities and self-reliance in the neighbouring countries.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said cooperation in the maritime domain is a part of India’s diverse and enhanced engagement with Myanmar. This is in accordance with India’s vision of SAGAR[1] and also in line to the commitment to building capacities and self-reliance with all neighbouring countries.

A kilo class submarine has a displacement of 3,000 tonnes, a length of 74 metres and a beam of 10 metres. It is manned by a crew of 15 officers and 60 sailors and is equipped with an array of weapons and sensors which enables the submarine to participate in various fleet, tactical and theatre level exercises.

This will be the first submarine of the Myanmar Navy and the “fully operational” submarine has undergone a “refit package”. Sindhuvir has been modernized by the Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) in Vizag. Both Navies have close cooperation and the Indian side has been training Myanmar’s Naval personnel. Last year, Indian and Myanmar naval undertook joint exercises IMNEX 2019 in the Bay of Bengal.

Kilo-class submarines are operated by Indian, Chinese, Russian and Iranian Naval forces and were designed by the Rubin Central Maritime Design Bureau, St Petersburg.

India-built Sittwe port in Myanmar’s Rakhine state will be operationalized in the first quarter of 2021 and as part of the larger connectivity project–Kaladan multimodal project, it will increase economic activity in the region.

During the high powered visit, it was announced that India will provide a grant of USD two million for the construction of the border haat bridge at Byanyu/Sarsichauk in Myanmar’s Chin State which will provide increased economic connectivity between Mizoram and Myanmar’s bordering states.

[1] SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region)
It is a maritime initiative which gives priority to Indian Ocean region for ensuring peace, stability and prosperity of India in Indian Ocean region.
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