Kilo Class Submarine INS Sindhuvir- India will deliver it to Myanmar
India have decided to transfer one of its kilo-class submarines named INS Sindhuvir to the Myanmar Navy. This is a significant step as Myanmar Navy would be getting its first ever submarine.
- The decision was taken to take forward the India’s commitment to building capacities and self-reliance in the neighbouring countries.
- The decision also comply with India’s vision of Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) policy.
- The transfer of the Indian Naval Ship was taken in the aftermath of visit of Army Chief General MM Naravane and Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla to Myanmar during first week of October 2020.
- India had also agreed to supply artillery guns, bullet-proof jackets, tanks and other such equipment to Myanmar’s military.
- INS Sindhuvir is equipped with a wide range of weapons and sensors. These advanced weapons enables it to participate in various exercises.
It is a class of diesel-electric attack submarines that was designed and built in the Soviet Union for the Soviet Navy. The first kilo-class submarine was brought into service in 1980 in to the Soviet Navy. Apart from that, the Soviet Union exported around 40 kilo-class submarines to countries including Russia, India, China, Poland, Algeria, India, Iran, Russia, Romania, and Vietnam.
India’s Kilo-class submarines
India have 10 Kilo-class submarines called as Sindhughosh class. These submarines have displacement of 3,000 tonnes and top speed of 18 knots. The submarines can dive up to the depth of 300 meters. Single submarine can operate for 45 days with crew of 53.