India will deliver its Kilo-class diesel-electric attack submarine INS Sindhuvir (S58) to Myanmar Navy, according to India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
“India will be delivering a kilo class submarine INS Sindhuvir to the Myanmar Navy. We understand that this will be the first submarine of the Myanmar Navy. This is in accordance with our vision of SAGAR – Security and Growth for All in the Region, and also in line with our commitment to build capacities and self reliance in all our neighbouring countries”, MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said during a briefing in New Delhi on Thursday.
The submarine recently completed a refit at state-owned Hindustan Shipyard and was delivered to Indian Navy ahead of its contractual delivery of 9 February 2020.
The Indian Navy 877EKM Kilo-class submarines are called locally as Sindhughosh-class. The submarines have a displacement of 3,000 tonnes, a maximum diving depth of 300 meters, top speed of 18 knots, and are able to operate solo for 45 days with a crew of 53.
India originally procured ten Sindhughosh-class submarines but one, INS Sindhurakshak (S63), suffered a major fire and explosion on 14 August 2013 and sank at Mumbai’s naval dockyard resulting in the death of 18 crew members.
The final unit, INS Sindhurashtra (S65), was the first to be equipped with the 3M-54 Klub (SS-N-27) anti-ship cruise missiles with a range of 220 km.