Myanmar Army is largest user of Chinese armament in Southeast Asia


Due to the prolonged embargo from the U.S. and Europe, weapons "made in China" occupy a major proportion in the Myanmar (formerly Burmese) army, air force and navy, Defense Studies reports.
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Type 69-II MBT of the Myanmar army (Picture source: Kien Thuc)


Due to the prolonged embargo mainly from the U.S. and Europe, Myanmar has been buying mainly Chinese weapons for many years. Therefore, it is not surprising that this country is considered to be the largest user of Chinese weapons in Southeast Asia.

Playing an important role in the armored units of the Myanmar Army, Chinese-made tanks include the following types : Type 69-II (80 units); Type 59D (160 pcs); Type 80 (200 pcs); Type 62 (105 pcs); Type 63 (50 pcs). Some sources claim that Myanmar also operaes MBT-2000s produced by China in cooperation with Pakistan.

The Myanmar artillery also uses several hundreds Chinese systems, be it rocket, towed or self-propelled.


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Chinese-made Type 63 light tank of the Myanmar Army. This tank is a Chinese copy of the Soviet PT-76 with a 85mm gun instead of the original 76.2mm (Picture source: Kien Thuc)


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Chinese-made Armored Personnel Carriers are mainly of two types: Type 90 and Type 85 (Picture source: Kien Thuc)


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Chinese-made PTL-02 100mm self-propelled howitzers of the Myanmar Army (Picture source: Kien Thuc)


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Chinese-made SH-1  155mm 6x6 self-propelled howitzer of the Myanmar army (Picture source: Kien Thuc)


 

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