Myanmar acquires first diesel-electric Sindhughosh Kilo class submarine INS Sindhuvir S58 from India

According to information published by the India Today website on October 17, 2020, Myanmar will acquire its first diesel-electric submarine from India. India will deliver the INS Sindhuvir (S58) Sindhughosh-class submarine that was in service with the Indian navy, to the Myanmar navy as a part of defense cooperation.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 INS Sindhuvir Sindhughosh-class submarine. (Picture source Times of India)

The submarine went to refit at Hindustan Shipyard and was delivered to the Indian Navy ahead of its contractual delivery of 9 February 2020.

The Sindhughosh-class submarine is Russian-made Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines in active service with the Indian Navy. It was designated 877EKM and was designed as part of Project 877 and built under a contract between Rosvooruzhenie and the Indian Ministry of Defense.

The INS Sindhughosh (S55) was the lead ship of her class of diesel-electric submarines of the Indian Navy. The submarine was commissioned on 30 April 1986 in Riga, Latvia under the command of Commander KC Varghese.

The INS Sindhuvir submarine is diesel-powered and has a total of six motors including two 3,650 hp (2,720 kW) diesel-electric motors, one 5,900 hp (4,400 kW) motor, two 204 hp (152 kW) auxiliary motors, and one 130 hp (97 kW) economic speed motor. It can reach a surface speed of 10 knots (19 km/h) and 17 knots (31 km/h) in submerged mode.

INS Sindhughosh was the first submarine in the Indian Navy to be equipped with the Klub ZM-54E SS-N-27 anti-ship cruise missiles with a range of 220 kilometers (140 mi). It has also launchers for eight Strela-3 or Igla surface-to-air missiles. It has six 533mm torpedo tubes and carries 18 heavyweight torpedoes (six in the tubes and 12 on the racks), with an automatic rapid loader. Two of the launch tubes can fire the TEST-71MKE TV electric homing torpedo.

The Kilo Class submarine has been exported to Iran, China, India, Poland, Romania, and Algeria. China has two Type 877EKMs, Iran has three Type 877EKM and India has ten Type 877EKM (Sindughosh Class).

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