Junta acquires new air defense system
Burma’s Armed Forces is training hard in the use of Russian-made Igla MANPADS (Man-portable air defense missile system) in Naypyitaw, the new capital, according to veteran border watchers.
26 January 2009
The training course is being conducted by the Office of the Air Defense General, whose boss is Lt-Gen Myint Hlaing, formerly Commander of the Lashio-based Northeastern Region Command. “We are still investigating whether it’s the old system or the latest one,” said a 58 year old officer.
Developed in 1971, the Igla entered service in 1981. Igla-S, the latest system, is substantially more efficient than the US Stinger MANPADS, according to Google. Among its other buyers include India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam, among others.
SHAN reported on 23 January that Burma’s armed forces have begun using Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) maps that can accurately locate targets to the nearest meter.