Myanmar Air Force Celebrates 71st anniversary
Myanmar Air Force has inaugurated a total of seven new aircrafts and helicopters into the force to mark the 71st anniversary of the founding of the Air Force, according to a release of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services Sunday.
Attended by Defense Services Commander-in-Chief Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing and Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force General Maung Maung Kyaw, the commemorative ceremony was held at the fight training base in Meiktila Sunday.
The new aircrafts and helicopters conducted a demonstration fly-by and aerobatic display, which was followed by the inspection of the inaugurated aircrafts by Min Aung Hlaing with the release of 70 birds as merit making according to traditional practices.
Myanmar Air Force was established on Dec. 15, 1947, a year before Myanmar regained independence.
The report that Myanmar Air Force has inaugurated seven new aircrafts and helicopters into the force to mark the 71st anniversary of the founding of the Air Force denotes an increase in procurements from abroad from varied sources such as China, Russia, India and Pakistan.
Myanmar is actively procuring Russian armaments and military hardware, including six Su-30MK multi-role fighter aircraft, and six Yak-130 advanced jet trainers in addition to the six already delivered. As well as acting as a lead-in trainer for the Myanmar Air Force’s new combat aircraft on order, which includes 16 JF-17s and the six Su-30s, they will be used in the light attack role to provide close air support to ground forces fighting Muslim terrorist groups.
Pakistan has already provided 16 J F 17s which are likely to have been displayed. Myanmar had preferred the light attack aircraft being cheap as well as effective for counter insurgency operations. India is reportedly providing 6 trainer aircraft to the Myanmar Air Force.