Military Capabilities

Myanmar military holds first tri-service exercise in decades

07 February 2018

The Myanmar armed forces (Tatmadaw) have completed their first major land-sea-air exercise in more than 20 years to improve inter-service co-ordination and combined war-fighting capabilities.

Designated ‘Sinbyushin’, the three-day war manoeuvres were held from 2-4 February, east of Pathein (Bassein) city, which is located along the Bay of Bengal, in the Tatmadaw’s South-Western Command.

The exercise involved more than 8,000 troops in a range of live-fire manoeuvres and drills backed by fixed-wing, rotary air, and naval assets, according to local media sources.

The centrepiece of the divisional-level exercise, which was co-ordinated by a Joint Command Centre, was a large-scale landing from mechanised landing craft (LCM) involving infantry and main battle tanks in amphibious mode advancing to secure a beachhead on Shwe Thaung Yan beach.

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