Thai Navy takes note of Myanmar acquiring Indian sub

BANGKOK/NEW DELHI, DEC 9 (IANS) | Publish Date: 12/9/2019 12:51:15 PM IST

Thailand has taken note of a submarine acquired by Myanmar from India and the Royal Thai Navy is preparing to deal with the “new situation”. The Myanmar Navy acquired a diesel-electric Kilo Class submarine from India. The submarine, scheduled to start operations from December 24, is to be deployed in the Andaman Sea for security missions.

The Royal Thai Navy’s 3rd Naval Area Command, which oversees territories in the Andaman Sea, has been told to keep a watch on the submarine, which can operate underwater for up to 45 days. Myanmar plans to use the submarine for “security and protection of its maritime interests”, Vice Adm Prachachart, the director-general of the Naval Acquisition Management Office of the Royal Thai Navy, said. India handed over the refitted INS Sindhuvir to the Myanmar Navy, which is looking at acquiring its own submarine fleet in the coming years, for training purposes. The Kilo class submarine, INS Sindhuvir, was bought from Russia in the 1980s and was modernised by the Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) in Vizag.

The model -- with a displacement of 3,000 tonnes -- is known for its quiet operation. The sub can be equipped with various types of weapons and can dive to a depth of 300 metres and accommodate 52 officers.

Myanmar is to use INS Sindhuvir to train its sailors in the complex art of underwater combat operations from March-April 2020.

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