Context: India will be delivering a kilo-class submarine, INS Sindhuvir, to the Myanmar Navy. This will be Myanmar’s first submarine.
- This diesel-electric Kilo Class submarine is being given through the Line of Credit (LOC), India has extended to help in enhancing the military capability of Myanmar.
- This submarine which has the capability of staying underwater for almost 45 days will be used for training purposes by the Myanmar Navy.
- The sailors of the Myanmar Navy have been trained in underwater combat operations onboard INS Sindhuvir with the help of Indian Navy.
- This is a Russian refitted submarine and is known for its noiseless operational capability.
- It had joined the Indian Navy in the 1980s and has been modernized since then by the Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) in Vizag.
- It has a displacement of 3,000 tonnes and has the capacity to carry 52 personnel.
- It can go to a depth of around 300 meters.
- Most importantly, permission has been taken from Russia before delivering the sub and an end-user agreement is in place.
India-Myanmar: Growing Military Relations
- As part of an export deal worth USD 37.9 million between the countries which was inked in 2017, India last year delivered the first batch of Advanced Light Torpedo (TAL) `Shyena’ to Yangon.
- It is a lightweight anti-submarine torpedo and has been developed and designed Naval Science and Technological Laboratory of DRDO.
- India has also supplied the Myanmar Navy with naval sonars and acoustic drones.
- In 2013, Indian Navy had started CORPAT with Myanmar and also carries out with four other regional navies including Thailand, Indonesia and Bangladesh.
- Naval diplomacy: The steps are in line with India’s SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) initiative and its commitment to building capacities in the neighbourhood.
- Cooperation in the maritime domain is a part of India’s diverse and enhanced engagement with Myanmar.
- It is also in consonance with our Look East & Act East policy wherein we are supporting our littorals in enhancing their capabilities and building their capabilities in the backdrop of an expansionist neighbour who is aiming to be a global power.
Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR)
- SAGAR was enunciated by India in 2015.
- It is a maritime initiative for nurturing peace, stability in Indian Ocean region in line with India's foreign policy.
- Its objective is to seek a climate of trust and transparency, respect for international maritime rules and norms by all countries, sensitivity to each other’s interests, peaceful resolution of maritime issues and increase in maritime cooperation.
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