The Myanmar Navy (MN) has commissioned its first guided-missile frigate with low observable radar characteristics.

Two Burma Army helicopters and possibly one aircraft were shot down by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) during the heavy fighting in the mountains of northern Burma in 2012 and early 2013, according to a recent report by IHS Jane’s Defence.

Much fuss has justifiably been made about five journalists locked up in Myanmar after a story was published alleging the military-controlled government has built a chemical weapons factory in Pauk, a township in the country’s center.

The Myanmar Human Rights Commission has recommended that police in Rakhine State be issued with better quality weapons, commission secretary U Sitt Myaing told Mizzima on February 5.

In one deadly day this week, landmines in Myanmar’s Shan state killed three people in two separate incidents. The deaths highlight the dangers that civilians still face living in the shadow of the longest running civil war in history. The accidents, which occurred within hours of each other on December sixth, killed one man and two women, both of them mothers to four children each, according to the Palaung Women’s Organization, a local non-governmental organization that reported the deaths.

Yeshua Moser, a representative from the Italian Campaign to Ban Landmines(ICBL) who is conducting research on landmine use in Myanmar, announced at a press conference on 26 November that Myanmar is the third most frequent employer of active landmines of all the countries in the world. (more…)

Burmese anti-narcotics police and government army troops stationed near Kutkai in northern Shan State seized a large cache of weapons and drugs valued at nearly US $250,000 on Wednesday, according to Burma’s state media.

Four people including a four-year-old child have been injured by a landmine blast in southern Shan state’s Loilen district, according to local sources.

The European Union could be breaching its embargo against Burma by providing riot gear to the Burmese police force as part of a new training programme, campaigners have warned.

The Chinese military has sent armed helicopters equipped with air-to-air missiles to Burma’s largest ethnic rebel group the United Wa State Army (UWSA), according to a report published in Jane’s Intelligence Review on Monday.

China considered using a drone strike in a mountainous region of Southeast Asia to kill a Myanmar drug lord wanted in the killings of 13 Chinese sailors, but decided instead to capture him alive, according to an influential state-run newspaper. (more…)

Burma has denied accusations that it had used chemical weapons against ethnic minority rebels in the northern state of Kachin, where an escalating conflict has overshadowed wider political reforms. (more…)

The Indian Army is insisting that no lethal weapon from its inventory has ever been sold to any foreign country, least of all to Myanmar’s military junta. The Army has been forced to come up with a clarification after a Carl Gustav M3 anti-tank rifle from its inventory turned up with the Myanmarese army recently. (more…)

Officials in Sweden have revealed that Swedish-made weapons used by Burmese troops against Kachin rebels had originally been sold to the Indian government. Selling or passing on such weapons would have been in breach of strict regulations on arms trading. (more…)

Two men from Mae La refugee camp were shot dead in mysterious circumstances last week, according to a Karen News report on Monday, November 12. (more…)

Tak – Thai soldiers on Sunday seized many heavy firearms, including rifles and machine guns, and more than 100,000 rounds of ammunition in Tak’s Mae Sot district, near the Thai-Myanmar border. (more…)

Rangoon – Authorities have ordered people in strife-torn western Myanmar to surrender guns, swords and other weapons to the police within three days or face legal action. (more…)

The government may be serious about making peace with the non-Burman rebels, but the Army is negotiating with Russia for the purchase of unidentified missiles, according to a source close to the diplomatic circle. (more…)

Another round of shooting between a Burma Army unit under the control of Shan State South’s Mongnawng-based Military Operations Command (MOC) #2 and fighters from First Brigade of Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’ that refused Naypyitaw’s order to disarm broke out on Saturday, 18 December, according to local sources. (more…)

Many minor Wikileaks scoops have attracted media notice—like the fact that Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi apparently always travels with a buxom Ukrainian “nurse”—but one frightening disclosure in particular has not received nearly enough attention. In several cables written from the U.S. embassy in Rangoon, the largest city (and former capital) of Burma, diplomats provided information about the Burmese junta’s potential cooperation with North Korea, including details of what may be nascent nuclear and missile programs. (more…)

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