New aircraft enter service with Myanmar Air Force

Photo shows newly-commissioned aircraft for Defence Services (Air).
Photo shows newly-commissioned aircraft for Defence Services (Air).

A range of new aircraft acquired recently by the Myanmar Air Force will strengthen air power and defence capacity, the commander-in-chief of the nation’s armed forces said Wednesday.
During a visit to a flight training base in Meiktila, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said geopolitics has prompted the country to modernize its defence services to ensure a strong defence system.
Defence modernization involves equipping the army with sophisticated weaponry, he added. He also stressed the need to provide service personnel with training in how the new aircraft are operated.
The new aircraft include Beech-1900 D, Grob-120 TP, Mi-35, Eurocopter and Bell-206. The Beech-1900 D can be used in transportation of passengers, patients, troops and cargo, as well as in rescue works and patrols.
The Grob-120 TP is a single-engine modern military trainer aircraft and will be used to produce competent fighter pilots, while the Mi-35 is a combat helicopter used worldwide, equipped with state-of-the-art electronic weapons
The Eurocopter is a medium transport helicopter while the Bell-206 is a light general utility helicopter.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, together with the commander-in-chief (Air), observed flight manoeuvres by the new squadron.—Myawady

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