In an effort to further deepen defence cooperation between India and Myanmar, top leaders of both sides have met in New Delhi. India has been increasing defence ties with Myanmar in recent years, as it is key pillar of country’s Act East Policy. Accompanied by senior officials, the Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Shripad Yesso Naik, held talks with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services (CDS) of Myanmar. An MoU was signed for strengthening defence cooperation between the two at the end of the meeting.
Both sides reviewed joint exercises and training provided to Myanmar Defence Services, and discussed strengthening maritime security by joint surveillance and capacity building, medical co-operation, pollution response and for developing new infrastructure.The visiting Commander, accompanied by a high-level delegation from the Myanmar Defence Services, called on the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Air Chief BS Dhanoa, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and Naval Chief Admiral Karambir Singh.
Earlier, Myanmar received the first batch of Shyena advanced lightweight torpedoes from India, the deal worth $37.9 million was inked in 2017.The lightweight torpedo which is also on board several Indian warships have been developed and manufactured by the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) Naval Science and Technological Laboratory and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).
This torpedo is electrically propelled, self-homing underwater weapon and has the capability to be launched from a submarine, surface warship, helicopter or aircraft. Besides neighbourhood first policy, India has been making efforts to further strengthen its defence ties with Myanmar and other Asian countries as part of the Prime Minister's `Act East Policy’.