Russia sticks to fighter jet deal with Myanmar despite country’s international isolation after coup

Sukhoi Su-30SM, the top model of the Su-30 series with with a total weapons weight up to 8,000 kg (Picture: TASS)

Russia has no plans to change the agreed delivery of Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets and training aircraft to Myanmar despite the country’s military regime gets increasingly isolated, Germany’s international state broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported in its Russian news service on July 23, citing a Russian top defense cooperation official.

Moscow has continued to support Myanmar with arms deals and military delegation visits following the military coup that ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint on February 1 this year.

According to Deutsche Welle, Dmitry Shugayev, the chief of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, said Russia “continues to implement plans” towards delivering Su-30 jets and Yak-130 training aircraft to Myanmar.

Russia had agreed to sell six Su-30 aircraft to Myanmar in 2018, when the army was in the middle of a military offensive against Rohingya militants that the United Nations called ethnic cleansing.

Shugayev added that Myanmar’s air force currently operates Russian-made Yak-130 and MiG-29 fighter jets.

“Classified defense-related goods” from Russia

After the military coup, Russian customs data showed that the Myanmar junta imported $14.7 million in radar equipment in February. That followed the delivery of $96 million worth of classified defense-related goods in December.

International watchdogs say Myanmar has spent $807 million on Russian arms imports over the past decade, making Russia the country’s second largest source for military equipment after China.

Delivery of more military equipment assured

During his visit to Naypyitaw in January, Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu agreed to supply Myanmar with surface-to-air missile systems, surveillance drones and radar equipment.

The US has suspended a trade deal with Myanmar until democratic leadership is restored and several Singaporean companies, including a firm that sold anti-drone products to Myanmar’s police, have canceled their deals.

The European Union has accused Russia of blocking a coordinated international response to the Feb. 1 coup in Myanmar and the descend into political and economic chaos afterwards



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Sukhoi Su-30SM, the top model of the Su-30 series with with a total weapons weight up to 8,000 kg (Picture: TASS) Russia has no plans to change the agreed delivery of Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets and training aircraft to Myanmar despite the country’s military regime gets increasingly isolated, Germany’s international state broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported in its Russian news service on July 23, citing a Russian top defense cooperation official. Moscow has continued to support Myanmar with arms deals and military delegation visits following the military coup that ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint on...

Sukhoi Su-30SM, the top model of the Su-30 series with with a total weapons weight up to 8,000 kg (Picture: TASS)

Russia has no plans to change the agreed delivery of Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets and training aircraft to Myanmar despite the country’s military regime gets increasingly isolated, Germany’s international state broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported in its Russian news service on July 23, citing a Russian top defense cooperation official.

Moscow has continued to support Myanmar with arms deals and military delegation visits following the military coup that ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint on February 1 this year.

According to Deutsche Welle, Dmitry Shugayev, the chief of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, said Russia “continues to implement plans” towards delivering Su-30 jets and Yak-130 training aircraft to Myanmar.

Russia had agreed to sell six Su-30 aircraft to Myanmar in 2018, when the army was in the middle of a military offensive against Rohingya militants that the United Nations called ethnic cleansing.

Shugayev added that Myanmar’s air force currently operates Russian-made Yak-130 and MiG-29 fighter jets.

“Classified defense-related goods” from Russia

After the military coup, Russian customs data showed that the Myanmar junta imported $14.7 million in radar equipment in February. That followed the delivery of $96 million worth of classified defense-related goods in December.

International watchdogs say Myanmar has spent $807 million on Russian arms imports over the past decade, making Russia the country’s second largest source for military equipment after China.

Delivery of more military equipment assured

During his visit to Naypyitaw in January, Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu agreed to supply Myanmar with surface-to-air missile systems, surveillance drones and radar equipment.

The US has suspended a trade deal with Myanmar until democratic leadership is restored and several Singaporean companies, including a firm that sold anti-drone products to Myanmar’s police, have canceled their deals.

The European Union has accused Russia of blocking a coordinated international response to the Feb. 1 coup in Myanmar and the descend into political and economic chaos afterwards



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