Russia will continue its military cooperation with Myanmar


According to Rosoboronexport, the Russian state arms export agency, Russia will continue its military cooperation with Myanmar and will supply more military equipment including aircraft.
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New Russian-made BRDM-2MS of Myanmar armed forces at a military parade that was held in March 2021. (Picture source Russian MoD)


Alexander Mikheev, the head of Rosoboronexport said, there is close cooperation between Russian and Myanmar for the supply of military equipment, including aircraft. Myanmar as one of Rosoboronexport’s main clients in southeast Asia and a key partner of Rostec, Russia’s state aerospace and defense conglomerate, he added.

In 2001, Russia and Myanmar created a normative base for military-technical cooperation. Russia has supplied Myanmar with 30 Mikoyan MiG-29 (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum) fighter jets, 12 Yakovlev Yak-130 (Mitten) combat trainers, six Sukhoi Su-30SME (Flanker-H) multirole fighters, ten Mil Mi-24 (Hind) and Mi-35P (Hind-E) helicopters, eight Pechora-2M (SA-3b Goa) surface-to-air missile systems, radars, armored vehicles, and artillery systems.

Since 2010, Russia has provided a significant number of military equipment
of Myanmar and according to the SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) Arms Trade Database, Russia has delivered 2,000 Igla-1 MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense System), S-125 Pechora-2M mobile air defense system, 10 Mi-24P/Mi-35P attack helicopter, 14 MiG-29 fighter aircraft, 6 MiG-29S fighter aircraft, 12 Mi-2 light helicopter, 6 Yak-130 combat trainer aircraft, BRDM-2MS 4x4 reconnaissance armored vehicle, and Pantsir-S1 mobile air defense missile/cannon system based on military truck chassis.


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