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Myanmar equips second Kyan Sit Thar-class frigate with Indian-made radar

Myanmar's second Kyan Sit Thar-class frigate, UMS Sin Phyu Shin , seen here as it arrives at Visakhapatnam, India, for Exercise ‘Milan' 2024. It can be seen here equipped with the Revathi radar. (Indian MoD)

Myanmar has equipped its second Kyan Sit Thar-class guided-missile frigate, UMS Sin Phyu Shin, with the Indian-made Revathi 3D air surveillance radar.

Janes can now confirm that the radar was fully incorporated in 2023, and a partial validation of its capabilities was carried out at the ‘Milan' multilateral naval exercise in Visakhapatnam, India. The exercise ran from 19 to 27 February 2024.

Images of Sin Phyu Shin arriving at Visakhapatnam for the exercise were released by the Indian Navy on 19 February, and they depict the frigate with what appears to be a new sensor on the pedestal above its aft superstructure.

The sensor that was previously found in this position was the Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) RAWL-02 surface search radar.

Janes has since verified that BEL was contracted to replace this with the Revathi radar as part of its efforts to improve the frigate's air-defence capabilities.

The Revathi radar is capable of multiple target tracking and has an integrated identification friend-or-foe (IFF) facility. It is believed to have a maximum range of about 180 km, with elevation coverage of up to 18,000 m.

Sin Phyu Shin is a Myanmar Naval Dockyard-built frigate that was commissioned by the Myanmar Navy in December 2015. The class appears to have heavily derived its design from the country's sole Aung Zeya-class frigate.

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