Military Capabilities

Myanmar military academy comes under rebel attack

16 August 2019

Myanmar's Defence Services Technological Academy (DSTA), the military's leading training institute for cyber operations and signals intelligence, has come under insurgent attack for the first time in its 26-year history.

Chinese manufactured surface-to-surface rockets fired by rebels from the Northern Alliance-Burma (NAB) hit the facility on the outskirts of Pyin Oo Lwin in the early hours of 15 August, killing one civilian and one soldier, according to reports in the state-run media.

The DSTA is part of the wider Defence Services Academy (DAS) complex, Myanmar's officer training college. The attack was powerfully symbolic, striking at one of the military's most prestigious institutions while at the same time bringing the country's ethnic conflict close to Mandalay, the second-largest city, an hour's drive away.

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