INS Sindhuveer has become the first submarine to join Myanmar’s Navy. This is being seen by India as a step to counter China’s presence in its neighborhood.
There were reports in the media about India giving submarine to Myanmar only in December 2019, but the Indian Foreign Ministry made its official announcement on Thursday. INS Sindhuveer is a 3000-ton diesel-electric submarine. It is of Russian origin and is 31 years old. Last year it was extensively modernized at the ‘Hindustan Shipyard’ in Visakhapatnam, and many new equipment were installed in it.
In Myanmar, it has been included in the country’s nine army by naming it “UMS Min Ye Thain Kha Thu”. Submarine also participated in the recent “bundula” exercise of the Myanmar ship fleet. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava told reporters that “cooperation in the maritime sector is a part of India’s diverse and wide-ranging cooperation with Myanmar. It is our Sagar (Security and Growth for All in the Region) hypothesis and in all our neighbors It is also compatible with the commitment to increase capabilities and self-reliance. ”
This is an important step taken by India amidst China’s efforts to increase its influence in neighboring countries like Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. India is constantly trying to increase cooperation with Myanmar. Earlier in early October, Army Chief General MM Narwane and Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla went to Myanmar on a two-day visit. During the visit, he met top leaders of Myanmar and discussed several important common programs with them.
According to media reports, India has already given Myanmar a variety of military hardware and software, ranging from Islander maritime patrol aircraft, naval gun-boats and light torpedoes to radar, 105mm artillery guns, mortars, night vision Includes equipment, grenade launcher and rifle.
Among the group of ASEAN countries, Myanmar is the only country with which India has a land border and sea border of more than 1,600 kilometers. The two countries now regularly conduct exercises, shared maritime patrol programs and military discussions. The Indian Navy also trains Myanmar naval personnel. The ground forces of both the countries have also taken action against extremist groups along the border.