India to deliver kilo class submarine to Myanmar amid tensions with China

New Delhi (NVI): With an eye on China and to counter its growing assertiveness in the Indian Ocean region, India will be delivering a kilo class submarine -INS Sindhuvir to the Myanmar Navy, a move aimed at strengthening its regional partner for a free and open Indo-Pacific.

MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava made an announcement in this regard in his weekly media briefing here. “We understand that this will be the first submarine of the Myanmar Navy,” he said.

“This is in accordance with our vision of SAGAR – Security and Growth for All in the Region, and also inline with our commitment to build capacities and self reliance in all our neighbouring countries,” Srivastava said.

The announcement comes days after the recent visit of Army Chief General MM Naravane and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla to Myanmar.

“Cooperation in the maritime domain is a part of our diverse and enhanced engagement with Myanmar,” the MEA spokesman said.

-ARK