Ukrainian agency to build arms plant in Myanmar

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Ukrainian Agency To Build Arms Plant In Myanmar
Existing Ukraine-built BTR-3U howitzers of the Myanmar army

A Ukrainian state agency and the Myanmar military have signed a joint-venture agreement to build a plant capable of manufacturing armored personnel carriers and self-propelled howitzers, The Irrawaddy reported.

The agreement was signed by Ukrspecexport, Ukraine’s state-owned arms trading company which is part of the state conglomerate Ukrainian Defense Industry. According to the current information, the Ukrainian side has already commenced the delivery of equipment such as special machines and started building the factory which should be ready to begin production by 2020.

Ukrainian and Myanmar officials declined to comment on the deal, but searchable databases of global import-export trade show the delivery of first parts of future assembly plant.

The types of armored personnel carriers that will be made in the plant are said to be eight-wheeled BTR-4Us, designed by the Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau, while the howitzers will be 2S1 Gvosdikas, Soviet-type self-propelled howitzers based on the MT-LBu armored carrier chassis.

Myanmar already has BTR-3Us, which were purchased from Ukraine in 2003 and used for the first time in fighting against rebels in the Kokang area of northeastern Shan state in 2016. During that operation, the Myanmar army also deployed Chinese-supplied Type 92 light APCs.

The Myanmar military has also found a defense partner in Russia, from which it has bought about 20 Mi-17 transport helicopters as well as an unknown number of Mi-24 Hind helicopter gunships.

Myanmar, which in the late 1980s and early 1990s was heavily dependent on China for the procurement of military equipment, has in more recent years diversified its sources of procurement in order to become less dependent on Beijing. Beginning in the 1990s, Myanmar has also acquired military equipment from India, Israel, Belarus and North Korea while the European Union and the US maintain arms embargoes on the country’s military for its abysmal human-rights record.

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[caption id="attachment_32559" align="alignleft" width="300"] Existing Ukraine-built BTR-3U howitzers of the Myanmar army[/caption] A Ukrainian state agency and the Myanmar military have signed a joint-venture agreement to build a plant capable of manufacturing armored personnel carriers and self-propelled howitzers, The Irrawaddy reported. The agreement was signed by Ukrspecexport, Ukraine’s state-owned arms trading company which is part of the state conglomerate Ukrainian Defense Industry. According to the current information, the Ukrainian side has already commenced the delivery of equipment such as special machines and started building the factory which should be ready to begin production by 2020. Ukrainian and Myanmar officials declined...

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Ukrainian Agency To Build Arms Plant In Myanmar
Existing Ukraine-built BTR-3U howitzers of the Myanmar army

A Ukrainian state agency and the Myanmar military have signed a joint-venture agreement to build a plant capable of manufacturing armored personnel carriers and self-propelled howitzers, The Irrawaddy reported.

The agreement was signed by Ukrspecexport, Ukraine’s state-owned arms trading company which is part of the state conglomerate Ukrainian Defense Industry. According to the current information, the Ukrainian side has already commenced the delivery of equipment such as special machines and started building the factory which should be ready to begin production by 2020.

Ukrainian and Myanmar officials declined to comment on the deal, but searchable databases of global import-export trade show the delivery of first parts of future assembly plant.

The types of armored personnel carriers that will be made in the plant are said to be eight-wheeled BTR-4Us, designed by the Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau, while the howitzers will be 2S1 Gvosdikas, Soviet-type self-propelled howitzers based on the MT-LBu armored carrier chassis.

Myanmar already has BTR-3Us, which were purchased from Ukraine in 2003 and used for the first time in fighting against rebels in the Kokang area of northeastern Shan state in 2016. During that operation, the Myanmar army also deployed Chinese-supplied Type 92 light APCs.

The Myanmar military has also found a defense partner in Russia, from which it has bought about 20 Mi-17 transport helicopters as well as an unknown number of Mi-24 Hind helicopter gunships.

Myanmar, which in the late 1980s and early 1990s was heavily dependent on China for the procurement of military equipment, has in more recent years diversified its sources of procurement in order to become less dependent on Beijing. Beginning in the 1990s, Myanmar has also acquired military equipment from India, Israel, Belarus and North Korea while the European Union and the US maintain arms embargoes on the country’s military for its abysmal human-rights record.

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