Under the leadership of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar has been working to align itself with the West to the consternation of China learned GDC citing Global Times.
Royal Thai Air Force operates high-end Gripen and American F-16 fighters jets, and recently Bangladesh declared intention to sign GSOMIA with the US triggered Myanmar to knock the door of Japan and South Korea to help its Air Force arming with modern FA-50 fighter jets and second hands Japanese F-2 fighters reports military news sites such as Defense World and Flight Global. Myanmar Military has been in war with various ethnic groups, surrounds by Thailand, China, India and Bangladesh.
Myanmar is allegedly negotiating with South Korea to procure a squadron of FA-50 and KM-SAM medium range surface-to-air missiles, reported by Khmeer times.
Southeast Asian country Myanmar, the military sites noted, are closely aligned with China, Russia and India politically. Myanmar currently imports all military equipment from Russia, China, Pakistan, India, Belarus, Israel, Serbia and Ukraine. Myanmar would be inclined to add South Korea and Japan as suppliers of military equipment could give an edge over Bangladesh.
Recently, Japanese and South Korean companies are heavily investing in Myanmar’s infrastructure and readymade garments industry to counter Chinese influence in Myanmar. European Union recently announced $1.2 billion funds to help Myanmar grow its readymade garments industry.
Myanmar already operates several types of Chinese aircraft, including the Nanchang Q-5 ground attack planes, Shenyang J-7 interceptors, JF-17, MiG-29 and recently ordered Su-30SME.
A few months ago, the MAF commissioned 12 Russian Yak-130 advanced jet trainers, and 12 Sino-Pac JF-17 in addition to the Chinese Hongdu JL-8/K-8 trainers on its inventory.
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