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Myanmar looks to procure submarines

04 May 2017

The Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) is considering a move to procure submarines, the country's deputy defence minister Rear-Admiral Myint Nwe has confirmed in comments reported by local media.

Speaking at a press conference in Naypyidaw on 3 May, he said the potential procurement is driven by a requirement to maintain balance with neighbouring countries but that any decision will be based on available funding.

"Our neighbours have submarines and we want them as well, but it will depend on the state budget. The military leadership is considering it," he said in comments reported by The Irrawady website. "Submarines are necessary armed units for a navy."

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