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Myanmar Army
Army Flag of Myanmar.svg
The Myanmar Army's flag
Founded1945;74 years ago (1945)
CountryMyanmar (Burma)
TypeGround army
Size507,000 [1]
Part ofFlag of the Myanmar Armed Forces.svg Myanmar Armed Forces
Anniversaries27 March 1945
Engagements Internal conflict in Myanmar
Commander-in-Chief Vice Senior General Soe Win
Major General Aung San
General Ne Win
Senior General Than Shwe
Vice-Senior General Maung Aye

The Myanmar Army (Burmese : တပ်မတော်(ကြည်း), pronounced  [taʔmədɔ̀ tɕí] ) is the largest branch of the Armed Forces (Tatmadaw) of Myanmar (Burma) and has the primary responsibility of conducting land-based military operations. The Myanmar Army maintains the second largest active force in Southeast Asia after the People's Army of Vietnam.

Burmese language language spoken in Myanmar

The Burmese language is a Sino-Tibetan language spoken in Myanmar where it is an official language and the language of the Bamar people, the country's principal ethnic group. Although the Constitution of Myanmar officially recognizes the English name of the language as the Myanmar language, most English speakers continue to refer to the language as Burmese, after Burma, the older name for Myanmar. In 2007, it was spoken as a first language by 33 million, primarily the Bamar (Burman) people and related ethnic groups, and as a second language by 10 million, particularly ethnic minorities in Myanmar and neighboring countries.

Tatmadaw combined military forces of Myanmar (Burma)

The Tatmadaw is the official name of the armed forces of Myanmar (Burma). It is administered by the Ministry of Defence and composed of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force. Auxiliary services include the Myanmar Police Force, the People's Militia Units and until 2013 the Frontier Forces, locally known as Na Sa Kha.

Myanmar Republic in Southeast Asia

Myanmar, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and also known as Burma, is a country in Southeast Asia. Myanmar is bordered by India and Bangladesh to its west, Thailand and Laos to its east and China to its north and northeast. Myanmar is the largest of the mainland Southeast Asian states. To its south, about one third of Myanmar's total perimeter of 5,876 km (3,651 mi) forms an uninterrupted coastline of 1,930 km (1,200 mi) along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. The country's 2014 census counted the population to be 51 million people. As of 2017, the population is about 54 million. Myanmar is 676,578 square kilometres in size. Its capital city is Naypyidaw, and its largest city is Yangon (Rangoon). Myanmar has been a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) since 1997.


The Myanmar Army had a troop strength of around 350,000 as of 2006. [2] The army has extensive combat experience in fighting insurgents in rough terrains, considering it has been conducting non-stop counter-insurgency operations against ethnic and political insurgents since its inception in 1948.

Counter-insurgency military operation aimed at defeating enemy irregular or insurgent forces

A counter-insurgency or counterinsurgency (COIN) is defined by the United States Department of State as "comprehensive civilian and military efforts taken to simultaneously defeat and contain insurgency and address its root causes". An insurgency is a rebellion against a constituted authority when those taking part in the rebellion are not recognized as belligerents. It is "the organized use of subversion and violence to seize, nullify or challenge political control of a region. As such, it is primarily a political struggle, in which both sides use armed force to create space for their political, economic and influence activities to be effective."

The force is headed by the Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar Army(ကာကွယ်ရေးဦးစီးချုပ်(ကြည်း)), currently Vice-Senior General Soe Win, concurrently Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services, with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing as the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services (တပ်မတော်ကာကွယ်ရေးဦးစီးချုပ်). The highest rank in the Myanmar Army is Senior General, equivalent to Field Marshal position in Western Armies and is currently held by Min Aung Hlaing after being promoted from Vice-Senior General.

Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar Army

The Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar Army is the highest ranking military officer of the Myanmar Army. Up until 1990, Myanmar Armed Forces has Chief of Staff system and Myanmar Army was led by Vice Chief of Staff (Army). A new system was introduced in 1990 during Armed Forces reorganisation and all three branches of Armed Forces are now led by the Commander-in-Chief.

Min Aung Hlaing Burmese general

Min Aung Hlaing is a senior general in the Myanmar Army and the current Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces. He assumed the post on 30 March 2011. He is also a member of the National Defence and Security Council (NDSC) chaired by the President of Myanmar.

Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services

The Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services is the commanding officer of the Tatmadaw, the armed forces of Myanmar.

In 2011, following transition from military junta government to civilian parliamentary government, the Myanmar Army enacted a military draft for all citizens; all males from the age 18 to 35 and all females age between 18 and 27 years of age can be drafted into military service for two years as enlisted personnel in time of national emergency. The ages for professionals are up to 45 for men and 35 for women for three years service as commissioned and non-commissioned officers.

An official publication has revealed that almost one-quarter of Myanmar's new national budget will be allocated to defence. The Government Gazette reports that 1.8 trillion kyat (about $2 billion at free market rates of exchange), or 23.6 percent of the 2011 budget will go to defence. [3]

Brief history

Post Independence era

Myanmar Army Honour Guards saluting the arrival of Thai delegation in October 2010. Myanmar Army personnel at Naypyidaw reception.jpg
Myanmar Army Honour Guards saluting the arrival of Thai delegation in October 2010.

At the time of Myanmar's independence in 1948, the Tatmadaw was weak, small and disunited. Cracks appeared along the lines of ethnic background, political affiliation, organisational origin and different services. Its unity and operational efficiency was further weakened by the interference of civilians and politicians in military affairs, and the perception gap between the staff officers and field commanders. The most serious problem was the tension between ethnic Karen Officers, coming from the British Burma Army and Bamar officers, coming from the Patriotic Burmese Forces (PBF). [4]

Karen people ethnolinguistic group of people in Myanmar and Thailand

The Karen[ka-ren, kərén], Kayin, Kariang or Yang people are an ethnolinguistic group of Sino-Tibetan language-speaking ethnic groups. The group as a whole is heterogeneous and disparate as many Karen ethnic groups do not associate or identify with each other culturally or linguistically. These Karen groups reside primarily in Kayin State, southern and southeastern Myanmar. The Karen make up approximately 7% of the total Burmese population with approximately five million people. A large number of Karen have migrated to Thailand, having settled mostly on the Thailand–Myanmar border. A few Karen have settled in Andaman and Nicobar islands, India and other South-East Asian and East Asian countries.

In accordance with agreement reached at Kandy Conference in September 1945, the Tatmadaw was reorganised by incorporating the British Burma Army and the Patriotic Burmese Forces. The officer corps shared by ex-PBF officers and officers from British Burma Army and Army of Burma Reserve Organisation (ARBO). The British also decided to form what were known as "Class Battalions" based on ethnicity. There were a total of 15 rifle battalions at the time of independence and four of them were made up of former members of PBF. All influential positions within the War Office and commands were manned with non-former PBF Officers. All services including military engineers, supply and transport, ordnance and medical services, Navy and Air Force were all commanded by former Officers from ABRO and British Burma Army. [4]

Ethnic and Army Composition of Tatmadaw in 1948
BattalionEthnic/Army Composition
No. 1 Burma Rifles Bamar (Burma Military Police)
No. 2 Burma RiflesKaren majority + Other Non-Bamar Nationalities [commanded by then Lieutenant Colonel Saw Chit Khin [Karen officer from British Burma Army])
No. 3 Burma RiflesBamar / Former members of Patriotic Burmese Forces
No. 4 Burma RiflesBamar / Former members of Patriotic Burmese Force – Commanded by the then Lieutenant Colonel Ne Win
No. 5 Burma RiflesBamar / Former members of Patriotic Burmese Force
No. 6 Burma RiflesBamar / Former members of Patriotic Burmese Force
No. 1 Karen RiflesKaren / Former members of British Burma Army and ABRO
No. 2 Karen RiflesKaren / Former members of British Burma Army and ABRO
No. 3 Karen RiflesKaren / Former members of British Burma Army and ABRO
No. 1 Kachin Rifles Kachin / Former members of British Burma Army and ABRO
No. 2 Kachin RiflesKachin / Former members of British Burma Army and ABRO
No. 1 Chin Rifles Chin / Former members of British Burma Army and ABRO
No. 2 Chin RiflesChin / Former members of British Burma Army and ABRO
No. 4 Burma Regiment Gurkha
Chin Hill BattalionChin

Formation and structure

The Army has always been by far the largest service in Myanmar and has always received the lion's share of the defence budget. [5] [6] It has played the most prominent part in Myanmar's struggle against the 40 or more insurgent groups since 1948 and acquired a reputation as a tough and resourceful military force. In 1981, it was described as 'probably the best army in Southeast Asia, apart from Vietnam's'. [7] The judgement was echoed in 1983, when another observer noted that "Myanmar's infantry is generally rated as one of the toughest, most combat seasoned in Southeast Asia". [8] In 1985, a foreign journalist with the rare experience of seeing Burmese soldiers in action against ethnic insurgents and narco-armies was 'thoroughly impressed by their fighting skills, endurance and discipline'. [9] Other commentators throughout that time characterised the Myanmar Army as 'the toughest, most effective light infantry jungle force now operating in Southeast Asia'. [10] Even the Thai people, not known to praise the Burmese lightly, have described the Myanmar Army as 'skilled in the art of jungle warfare'. [11]


The Myanmar Army had reached some 370,000 active troops in all ranks in the year 2000. There were 337 infantry battalions, including 266 light infantry battalions. Although the Myanmar Army's organisational structure was based upon the regimental system, the basic manoeuvre and fighting unit is the battalion, known as Tat Yinn ((တပ်ရင်း)) in Burmese. This comprised a headquarters unit; five rifle companies Tat Khwe ((တပ်ခွဲ)) with three rifle platoons Tat Su ((တပ်စု)) each; an administration company with medical, transport, logistics and signals units; a heavy weapons company including mortar, machine gun and recoilless gun platoons. Each battalion is commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel Du Ti Ya Bo Hmu Gyi or Du Bo Hmu Gyi with a Major (bo hmu) as 2IC (Second in Command), with a total establishment strength of 27 officers and 723 other ranks. Light infantry battalions in the Myanmar Army have much lower establishment strength of around 500; this often leads to these units being mistakenly identified by the observers and reporters as under strength infantry battalions.

With its significantly increased personnel numbers, weaponry and mobility, today's Tatmadaw Kyee (တပ်မတော်(ကြည်း)) is a formidable conventional defence force for the Union of Myanmar. Troops ready for combat duty have at least doubled since 1988. Logistics infrastructure and Artillery Fire Support has been greatly increased. Its newly acquired military might was apparent in the Tatmadaw's dry season operations against Karen National Union (KNU) strongholds in Manerplaw and Kawmura. Most of the casualties at these battles were the result of intense and heavy bombardment by the Tatmadaw Kyee. The Tatmadaw Kyee is now much larger than it was before 1988, it is more mobile and has greatly improved armour, artillery and air defence inventories. Its C3I (Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence) systems have been expanded and refined. It is developing larger and more integrated, self-sustained formations to better coordinated action by different combat arms. The army may still have relatively modest weaponry compared to its larger neighbours, but it is now in a much better position to deter external aggression and respond to such a threat should it ever arise, although child soldiers may not perform very well in combating with enemies. [12]


The first army division to be formed after the 1988 military coup was the 11th Light Infantry Division (LID) in December 1988 with Colonel Win Myint as commander of the division. In March 1990, a new regional military command was opened in Monywa with Brigadier Kyaw Min as commander and named North-Western Regional Military Command. A year later 101st LID was formed in Pakokku with Colonel Saw Tun as commander. Two Regional Operations Commands (ROC) were formed in Myeik and Loikaw to facilitate command and control. They were commanded respectively by Brigadier Soe Tint and Brigadier Maung Kyi. March 1995 saw a dramatic expansion of the Tatmadaw as it established 11 Military Operations Commands (MOC)s in that month. MOC are similar to Mechanised Infantry Divisions in western armies, each with 10 regular infantry battalions (Chay Hlyin Tatyin), a headquarters, and organic support units including field artillery batteries. Then in 1996, two new RMC were opened, Coastal Region RMC was opened in Myeik with Brigadier Sit Maung as commander and Triangle Region RMC in Kengtung with Brigadier Thein Sein as commander. Three new ROCs were opened in Kalay, Bhamo and Mongsat. In late 1998, two new MOCs were opened in Bokepyin and Mongsat. [13]

The most significant expansion after the infantry in the army was in armour and artillery. Beginning in 1990, the Tatmadaw procured 18 T-69II Main battle tanks and 48 T-63 amphibious light tanks from China. Further procurements were made, including several hundred Type 85 and Type 92 Armoured personnel carriers (APC). By the beginning of 1998, Tatmadaw had about 100+ T-69II Main battle tanks, a similar number of T-63 amphibious light tanks and several T-59D tanks. These tanks and armoured personnel carriers were distributed into five armoured infantry battalions and five tank battalions and formed the first Armoured Division of the Tatmadaw under the name of 71st Armoured Operations Command with its headquarters in Pyawbwe.

Bureau of Special Operations (BSO)

Bureau of Special Operations MM MOD New.svg
Bureau of Special Operations
Regional Military Commands (RMC) Mm-rmc-map.jpg
Regional Military Commands (RMC)

Bureau of Special Operations (ကာကွယ်ရေးဌာန စစ်ဆင်ရေး အထူးအဖွဲ့) in Myanmar Army are high-level field units equivalent to Field Army in Western terms and consist of 2 or more Regional Military Commands (RMC) and commanded by a lieutenant-general and 6 staff officers.

The units were introduced under the General Staff Office on 28 April 1978 and 1 June 1979. In early 1978, the then Chairman of BSPP General Ne Win visited the North Eastern Command Headquarters in Lashio to receive a briefing about Burmese Communist Party (BCP) insurgents and their military operations. He was accompanied by Brigadier General Tun Ye from Ministry of Defence. Brigadier General Tun Ye was the regional commander of Eastern Command for three years and before that he served in North Eastern Command areas as commander of Strategic Operation Command (SOC) and commander for Light Infantry Division for four years. As BCP military operations were spread across three Regional Military Command (RMC) areas (Northern, Eastern and North Eastern), Brigadier General Tun Ye was the most informed commander about the BCP in Myanmar Army at the time. At the briefing, General Ne Win was impressed by Brigadier General Tun Ye and realised that co-ordination among various Regional Military Commands (RMC) was necessary; thus, decided to form a bureau at the Ministry of Defence.

Originally, the bureau was for "special operations", wherever they were, that needed co-ordination among various Regional Military Commands (RMC). Later, with introduction of another bureau, there was a division of command areas. The BSO-1 was to oversee the operations under the Northern Command, North Eastern Command, the Eastern Command, and the North Western Command. BSO-2 was to oversee operations under the South Eastern Command, South Western Command, Western Command and Central Command.

Initially, the chief of the BSO had the rank of brigadier general. The rank was upgraded to major general on 23 April 1979. in 1990, it was further upgraded to lieutenant general. Between 1995 and 2002, Chief of Staff (Army) jointly held the position of Chief of BSO. However, in early 2002, two more BSO were added to the General Staff Office; therefore there were altogether four BSOs. The fifth BSO was established in 2005 and the sixth in 2007.

Currently there are Six Bureaus of Special Operations in Myanmar order of Battle. [14]

Bureau of Special OperationsRegional Military Commands (RMC)Chief of Bureau of Special OperationsNotes
Bureau of Special Operations 1Central Command
North Western Command
Northern Command
Lt.Gen. Htun Htun Naung
Bureau of Special Operations 2North Eastern Command
Eastern Command
Triangle Region Command
Eastern Central Command
Lt.Gen. Than Tun Oo
Bureau of Special Operations 3South Western Command
Southern Command
Western Command
Lt.Gen. Win Bo Shein
Bureau of Special Operations 4Coastal Command
South Eastern Command
Lt.Gen. Aung Soe
Bureau of Special Operations 5Yangon CommandLt.Gen. Min Naung
Bureau of Special Operations 6Naypyidaw CommandLt.Gen. Moe Myint Tun

Regional Military Commands (RMC)

For better command and communication, the Tatmadaw formed Regional Military Commands (တိုင်း စစ်ဌာနချုပ်) structure in 1958. Until 1961, there were only two regional commands, they were supported by 13 Infantry brigades and an infantry division. In October 1961, new regional military commands were opened and leaving only two independent infantry brigades. In June 1963, the Naypyidaw Command was temporarily formed in Yangon with the deputy commander and some staff officers drawn from Central Command. It was reorganised and renamed as Yangon Command on 1 June 1965. [14]

A total of 337 infantry and light infantry battalions organised in Tactical Operations Commands, 37 independent field artillery regiments supported by affiliated support units including armoured reconnaissance and tank battalions. RMCs are similar to corps formations in Western armies. The RMCs, commanded by major general rank officer, are managed through a framework of Bureau of Special Operations (BSOs), which are equivalent to Field Army Group in Western terms. [14]

Regional Military Command (RMC)BadgeStates & DivisionsHeadquartersStrength
Northern Command


Mm-northern-rmc.svg Kachin State Myitkyina 33 Infantry Battalions
North Eastern Command


Mm-north-eastern-rmc.svg Northern Shan State Lashio 30 Infantry Battalions
Eastern Command


Mm-eastern-rmc.svg Southern Shan State and Kayah State Taunggyi 42 Infantry Battalions
including 16× Light Infantry Battalions under
Regional Operation Command (ROC) Headquarters at Loikaw
South Eastern Command


Mm-south-eastern-rmc.svg Mon and Kayin (Karen) States Mawlamyaing (Moulmein)36 Infantry Battalions
Southern Command


Mm-southern-rmc.svg Bago and Magwe Divisions Toungoo 27 × Infantry Battalions
South Western Command


Mm-south-western-rmc.svg Ayeyarwady Division (Irrawaddy Division) Pathein (Bassein)11 × Infantry Battalions
Western Command


Rakhine (Arakan) and Chin States Ann 33 × Infantry Battalions
North Western Command


Mm-north-western-rmc.svg Sagaing Division Monywa 25 × Infantry Battalions
Yangon Command


Mm-yangon-rmc.svg Yangon Division Mayangone Township-Kone-Myint-Thar11 × Infantry Battalions
Coastal Region Command


Mm-coastal-rmc.svg Tanintharyi Division (Tenassarim Division) Myeik (Mergui)43 Infantry Battalions
including battalions under 2 MOC based at Tavoy
Triangle Region Command


Mm-triangle-rmc.svg Eastern Shan State Kyaingtong (Kengtung)23 Infantry Battalions
Central Command


Mm-central-rmc.svg Mandalay Division Mandalay 31 Infantry Battalions
Naypyidaw Command


Mm-army-4.svg Naypyidaw Pyinmana Formed in 2006 – ? × Infantry Battalions
Eastern Central Command


Eastern Central Command.png Middle Shan State Kho Lam Formed in 2011 – 7 × Infantry Battalions

Commanders of Regional Military Commands


Regional Military Command (RMC)EstablishedFirst CommanderCurrent CommanderNotes
Eastern Command1961Brigadier General San YuMajor General Lin AungInitially in 1961, San Yu was appointed as Commander of Eastern Command but was moved to NW Command and replaced with Col. Maung Shwe then.
South Eastern Command1961Brigadier General Sein Win Major General Myo Moe AungIn 1961 when SE Command was formed, Sein Win was transferred from former Southern Command but was moved to Central Command and replaced with Thaung Kyi then.
Central Command1961Colonel Thaung KyiMajor General Kyaw Swa LinOriginal NW Command based at Mandalay was renamed Central Command in March 1990 and original Central Command was renamed Southern Command
North Western Command1961Brigadier General Kyaw MinMajor General Soe Thint NaingSouthern part of original North western Command in Mandalay was renamed Central Command in March 1990 and northern part of original NW Command was renamed NW Command in 1990.
South Western Command1961Colonel Kyi Maung Major General Ye Min OoKyi Maung was sacked in 1963 and was imprisoned few times. He became Deputy Chairman of NLD in the 1990s.
Yangon Command1969Colonel Thura Kyaw Htin Major General Thet PoneFormed as Naypyidaw Command in 1963 with deputy commander and some staff officers from Central Command. Reformed and renamed Yangon Command on 1 June 1969.
Western Command1969Colonel Hla TunMajor General Phone Myat
North Eastern Command1972Colonel Aye Ko Major General Aung Zaw Aye
Northern Command1947Brigadier Ne WinMajor General Tay Zar KyawOriginal Northern Command was divided into Eastern Command and NW Command in 1961. Current Northern Command was formed in 1969 as a part of reorganisation and is formed northern part of previous NW Command
Southern Command1947Brigadier Saw Kya DoeMajor General Myo WinOriginal Southern Command in Mandalay was renamed Central Command in March 1990
Triangle Region Command1996Brigadier General Thein Sein Major General Khin HlaingThein Sein later became Prime Minister and elected as President in 2011
Coastal Region Command1996Brigadier General Thiha Thura Thura Sit MaungMajor General Thaung Hteik Shwe
Naypyidaw Command2005Brigadier Wei LwinMajor General Myint Maw
Eastern Central Command2011Brigadier Mya Tun OoMajor General Than Hlaing

Regional Operations Commands (ROC)

Regional Operations Commands (ROC)(ဒေသကွပ်ကဲမှု စစ်ဌာနချုပ်) are commanded by a brigadier general, are similar to infantry brigades in Western Armies. Each consists of 4 Infantry battalions (Chay Hlyin Tatyin), HQ and organic support units. Commander of ROC is a position between LID/MOC commander and tactical Operation Command (TOC) commander, who commands three infantry battalions. The ROC commander holds financial, administrative and judicial authority while the MOC and LID commanders do not have judicial authority. [6] [15]

Regional Operation Command (ROC)HeadquartersNotes
Loikaw Regional Operations Command Loikaw (လွိုင်ကော်) Kayah State
Laukkai Regional Operations Command Laukkai (လောက်ကိုင်), Shan State
Kalay Regional Operations Command Kalay (ကလေး), Sagaing Division
Sittwe Regional Operations Command Sittwe (စစ်တွေ), Yakhine State
Pyay Regional Operations Command Pyay (ပြည်), Bago Division
Tanaing Regional Operations CommandTanaing (တနိုင်း), Kachin StateFormerly ROC Bhamo
Wanhseng Regional Operations CommandWanhseng, Shan StateFormed in 2011 [16]

Military Operations Commands (MOC)

Military Operations Commands (MOC) (စစ်ဆင်ရေးကွပ်ကဲမှုဌာနချုပ်), commanded by a brigadier-general are similar to Infantry Divisions in Western Armies. Each consists of 10 Mechanised Infantry battalions equipped with BTR-3 armoured personnel carriers, Headquarters and support units including field artillery batteries. These ten battalions are organised into three Tactical Operations Commands: one Mechanised Tactical Operations Command with BTR-3 armoured personnel carriers, and two Motorized Tactical Operations Command with EQ-2102 6x6 trucks.

MOC are equivalent to Light Infantry Divisions (LID) in the Myanmar Army order of battle as both command 10 infantry battalions through three TOC's (Tactical Operations Commands). However, unlike Light Infantry Divisions, MOC are subordinate to their respective Regional Military Command (RMC) Headquarters. [15] Members of MOC does not wear distinguished arm insignias and instead uses their respective RMC's arm insignias. For example, MOC-20 in Kawthaung wore the arm insignia of Costal Region Military Command.

Military Operation Command (MOC)HeadquartersNotes
1st Military Operations Command (MOC-1) Kyaukme, Shan State
2nd Military Operations Command (MOC-2) Mong Nawng Shan State
3rd Military Operations Command (MOC-3) Mogaung ( Kachin State
4th Military Operations Command (MOC-4) Hpugyi, Yangon Region Designated Airborne Division
5th Military Operations Command (MOC-5) Taungup, Rakhine State
6th Military Operations Command (MOC-6) Pyinmana (ပျဉ်းမနား), Mandalay Region
7th Military Operations Command (MOC-7) Hpegon (ဖယ်ခုံ), Shan State
8th Military Operations Command (MOC-8) Dawei (ထားဝယ်), Tanintharyi Region
9th Military Operations Command (MOC-9) Kyauktaw (ကျောက်တော်), Rakhine State
10th Military Operations Command (MOC-10) Kyigon (ကျီကုန်း (ကလေးဝ)), Sagaing Region
11th Military Operations Command (MOC-11)
12th Military Operations Command (MOC-12) Kawkareik (ကော့ကရိတ်), Kayin State
13th Military Operations Command (MOC-13) Bokpyin (ဘုတ်ပြင်း), Tanintharyi Region
14th Military Operations Command (MOC-14) Mong Hsat (မိုင်းဆတ်), Shan State
15th Military Operations Command (MOC-15) Buthidaung (ဘူးသီးတောင်), Rakhine State
16th Military Operations Command (MOC-16) Theinni (သိန်းနီ), Shan State
17th Military Operations Command (MOC-17) Mong Pan (မိုင်းပန်), Shan State
18th Military Operations Command (MOC-18) Mong Hpayak (မိုင်းပေါက်), Shan State
19th Military Operations Command (MOC-19) Ye (ရေး), Mon State
20th Military Operations Command (MOC-20) Kawthaung (ကော့သောင်း), Tanintharyi Region
21st Military Operations Command (MOC-21) Bhamo (ဗန်းမော်), Kachin State

Light Infantry Divisions (LID)

Light Infantry Division (Chay Myan Tat Ma or Ta Ma Kha), commanded by a brigadier general, each with 10 Light Infantry Battalions organised under 3 Tactical Operations Commands, commanded by a Colonel, (3 battalions each and 1 reserve), 1 Field Artillery Battalion, 1 Armour Squadron and other support units. [6] [15]

These divisions were first introduced to the Myanmar Army in 1966 as rapid reaction mobile forces for strike operations. 77th Light Infantry Division was formed on 6 June 1966, followed by 88th Light Infantry Division and 99th Light Infantry Division in the two following years. 77th LID was largely responsible for the defeat of the Communist forces of the CPB (Communist Party of Burma) based in the forested hills of the central Bago Mountains in the mid-1970s. Three more LIDs were raised in the latter half of the 1970s (the 66th, 55th and 44th) with their headquarters at Pyay, Aungban and Thaton. They were followed by another two LIDs in the period prior to the 1988 military coup (the 33rd LID with headquarters at Sagaing and the 22nd LID with headquarters at Hpa-An). 11th LID was formed in December 1988 with headquarters at Inndine, Bago Division and 101st LID was formed in 1991 with its headquarters at Pakokku. [6] [15]

Each LID, commanded by Brigadier General (Bo hmu gyoke) level officers, consists of 10 light infantry battalions specially trained in counter-insurgency, jungle warfare, "search and destroy" operations against ethnic insurgents and narcotics-based armies. These battalions are organised under three Tactical Operations Commands (TOC; Nee byu har). Each TOC, commanded by a Colonel (Bo hmu gyi), is made up of three or more combat battalions, with command and support elements similar to that of brigades in Western armies. One infantry battalion is held in reserve. As of 2000, all LIDs have their own organic Field Artillery units. For example, 314th Field Artillery Battery is now attached to 44th LID. Some of the LID battalions have been given Parachute and Air Borne Operations training and two of the LIDs have been converted to mechanised infantry formation with divisional artillery, armoured reconnaissance and tank battalions [6]

LIDs are considered to be a strategic asset of the Myanmar Army, and after the 1990 reorganisation and restructuring of the Tatmadaw command structure, they are now directly answerable to Chief of Staff (Army). [6] [15]

Light Infantry Division (LID)BadgeYear formedHeadquartersFirst CommanderCurrent CommanderNotes
11th Light Infantry Division
11th Light Infantry Division Mm-lid-11.svg
11th Light Infantry Division
1988InndineCol. Win MyintFormed after 1988 military coup.
12th Light Infantry DivisionTanintharyi
15th Light Infantry DivisionButhidaungParticipated in the Rakhine clashes against ARSA [17]
20th Light Infantry DivisionPakkoku
22nd Light Infantry Division
22nd Light Infantry Division Mm-lid-22.svg
22nd Light Infantry Division
1987Hpa-AnCol. Tin HlaInvolved in crackdown of unarmed protestors during 8.8.88 democracy uprising
33rd Light Infantry Division
33rd Light Infantry Division Mm-lid-33.svg
33rd Light Infantry Division
1984 Mandalay/later SagaingCol. Kyaw BaInvolved in crackdown against the Rohingya in northern Rakhine state [18]

Involved in the Kachin conflict

44th Light Infantry Division1979ThatonCol. Myat Thin
55th Light Infantry Division1980Sagaing/later KalawCol. Phone Myint
66th Light Infantry Division1976PyayCol. Taung Zar Khaing
77th Light Infantry Division1966Hmawbi/later BagoCol. Tint Swe
88th Light Infantry Division1967 Magway Col. Than Tin
99th Light Infantry Division1968MeiktilaCol. Kyaw HtinInvolved in crackdown against the Rohingya in northern Rakhine state [18]
101st Light Infantry Division
101st Light Infantry Division Mm-lid-101.svg
101st Light Infantry Division
1991PakokkuCol. Saw TunUnits of 101st LID were deployed during the purge of Military Intelligence faction in 2004.

Missile, Artillery and armoured units

Missile, Artillery and armoured units were not used in an independent role, but were deployed in support of the infantry by the Ministry of Defence as required. The Directorate of Artillery and Armour Corps was also divided into separate corps in 2001. The Directorate of Artillery and Missile Corps was also divided into separate corps in 2009. A dramatic expansion of forces under these directorates followed with the equipment procured from China, Russia, Ukraine and India. [6] [15]

Directorate of Missiles

No(1) Missile Operational Command MOC(1)

Directorate of Artillery

707th Artillery Operation Command Mm-artillery-flag.jpg
707th Artillery Operation Command

No. 1 Artillery Battalion was formed in 1952 with three artillery batteries under the Directorate of Artillery Corps. A further three artillery battalions were formed in the late 1952. This formation remained unchanged until 1988. Since 2000, the Directorate of Artillery Corps has overseen the expansion of Artillery Operations Commands(AOC) from two to 10. Tatmadaw's stated intention is to establish an organic Artillery Operations Command in each of the 12 Regional Military Command Headquarters. Each Artillery Operation Command is composed of the following: [14]

As of 2000, the Artillery wing of the Tatmadaw has about 60 battalions and 37 independent Artillery companies/batteries attached to various Regional Military Commands (RMC), Light Infantry Divisions (LID), Military Operation Command (MOC) and Regional Operation Command (ROC). For example, 314th Artillery Battery is under 44th LID, 326 Artillery Battery is attached to 5th MOC, 074 Artillery Battery is under the command of ROC (Bhamo) and 076 Artillery Battery is under North-Eastern RMC. Twenty of these Artillery battalions are grouped under 707th Artillery Operation Command (AOC) headquarters in Kyaukpadaung and 808th Artillery Operation Command (AOC) headquarters in Oaktwin, near Taungoo. The remaining 30 battalions, including 7 Anti-Aircraft artillery battalions are under the Directorate of Artillery Corps. [6] [15]

Artillery Operations Command (AOC)

Light field artillery battalions consists of 3 field artillery batteries with 36 field guns or howitzers (12 guns per battery). Medium artillery battalions consists of 3 medium artillery batteries of 18 field guns or howitzers (6 guns per one battery). [14] As of 2011, all field guns of Myanmar Artillery Corps are undergoing upgrade programs including GPS Fire Control Systems.

Artillery Operations Command (AOC)HeadquartersNotes
505th Artillery Operations Command Myeik(မြိတ်)
707th Artillery Operations Command Kyaukpadaung(ကျောက်ပန်းတောင်း)
606th Artillery Operations Command Thaton(သထုံ)
808th Artillery Operations Command Oak Twinn(အုပ်တွင်းမြို့)
909th Artillery Operations Command Mong Khon--Kengtung
901st Artillery Operations Command Baw Net Gyi(ဘောနက်ကြီး--ပဲခူးတိုင်း)
902nd Artillery Operations Command Hpa-An
903rd Artillery Operations Command Loi-Lan(လွိင်လင်)
904th Artillery Operations Command Mohnyin(မိုးညှင်း)
905th Artillery Operations Command Padein--Ngape

Directorate of Armour

No. 1 Armour Company and No. 2 Armour Company were formed in July 1950 under the Directorate of Armour and Artillery Corps with Sherman tanks, Stuart light tanks, Humber Scout Cars, Ferret armoured cars and Universal Bren Carriers. These two companies were merged on 1 November 1950 to become No. 1 Armour Battalion with Headquarters in Mingalardon. On 15 May 1952 No. Tank Battalion was formed with 25 Comet tanks acquired from the United Kingdom. The Armour Corps within Myanmar Army was the most neglected one for nearly thirty years since the Tatmadaw had not procured any new tanks or armoured carriers since 1961.[ citation needed ]

Armoured divisions, known as Armoured Operations Command (AROC), under the command of Directorate of Armour Corps, were also expanded in number from one to two, each with four Armoured Combat battalions equipped with Infantry fighting vehicles and armoured personnel carriers, three tank battalions equipped with main battle tanks and three Tank battalions equipped with light tanks. [15] In mid-2003, Tamadaw acquired 139+ T-72 main battle tanks from Ukraine and signed a contract to build and equip a factory in Myanmar to produce and assemble 1,000 BTR armoured personnel carriers in 2004. [19] In 2006, the Government of India transferred an unspecified number of T-55 main battle tanks that were being phased out from active service to Tatmadaw along with 105 mm light field guns, armoured personnel carriers and indigenous HAL Light Combat Helicopters in return for Tatmadaw's support and co-operation in flushing out Indian insurgent groups operating from its soil. [20]

Armoured Operations Command (AROC)

Armoured Operations Commands (AROC) are equivalent to Independent armoured divisions in western terms. Currently there are 5 Armoured Operations Commands under Directorate of Armoured Corps in the Tatmadaw order of battle. Tatmadaw planned to establish an AROC each in 7 Regional Military Commands. [14] Typical armoured divisions in the Myanmar Army are composed of Headquarters, Three Armored Tactical Operations Command – each with one mechanised infantry battalion equipped with 44 BMP-1 or MAV-1 Infantry Fighting Vehicles, Two Tank Battalions equipped with 44 main battle tanks each, one armoured reconnaissance battalion equipped with 32 Type-63A Amphibious Light Tanks, one field artillery battalion and a support battalion. The support battalion is composed of an engineer squadron, two logistic squadrons, and a signal company. [14]

The Myanmar Army acquired about 150 refurbished EE-9 Cascavel armoured cars from an Israeli firm in 2005. [21] Classified in the army's service as a light tank, the Cascavel is currently deployed in the eastern Shan State and triangle regions near the Thai border.

Armoured Operations Command (ArOC)HeadquartersNotes
71st Armoured Operations Command Pyawbwe (ပျော်ဘွယ်)
72nd Armoured Operations Command(အုန်းတော)
73rd Armoured Operations Command(မလွန်)
74th Armoured Operations Command(အင်းတိုင်)
75th Armoured Operations Command(သာဂရ)

Bureau of Air Defence

The Air Defence Command was formed during the late 1990s but was not fully operational until late 1999. It was renamed Bureau of Air Defence in the early 2000s (decade). In early 2000, Tatmadaw established Myanmar Integrated Air Defence System (MIADS) with help from Russia, Ukraine and China. It is a tri-service bureau with units from all three branches of Myanmar Armed Forces. All Air Defence assets except Anti-Aircraft Artillery within Tatmadaw arsenal are integrated into MIADS. AAA guns are mostly unguided and deploy to use in barrage-style firing against attacking aircraft. MIADS is directly answerable to Bureau of Air Defence under Ministry of Defence. [14]

In 2010, Myanmar Air Defence Command has completed installation of optical fibre communication network throughout the country. Those network are to be used for Air defence operations between Central Command HQ from capital & several air bases, early warning radar stations & mobile anti air craft missile & artillery units. After completion of fibre optic project & radar stations, MIADS (Myanmar Integrated Air Defence System) becomes the most advance AD system in the region.

Chief of Staff of Air DefenceYearsNotes
Lt. General Soe Win 1997–2004Later became Prime Minister
Lt. General Myint Hlaing 2004–2010Later became Union Minister for Agricultural and Irrigation
Lt. General Sein Win 2010–2015Later became Union Minister for Defense
Lt. General Tin Maung Win 2016–

Sector Operations Commands

Under MIADS, the country was divided into six Air Defence Sectors, each controlled by a Sector Operations Center (SOC) and reporting directly to the National Air Defence Operations Centre (ADOC) in Yangon. Each SOC transmitted data back to Intercept Operations Centers (IOC), which in turn controlled surface-to-air missile batteries and fighter/interceptor squadrons at various Air Bases. Each IOC was optimised to direct either SAMs or fighter/interceptor aircraft against incoming enemy aircraft or missile. Each IOC was connected to observer and early warning area reporting posts (RP) via military owned underground fibre optic cable network. There were about 100 radar stations located at approximately 40 sites throughout the country. New Air Defence radars such as 1L117 radars, Galaxy Early Warning Radar and P series radars are installed in all radar stations. [14]

Each Sector Operation Center (SOC) is commanded by a major general and it consists of one air defence division from Myanmar Army and one fighter-interceptor wing from Myanmar Air Force. Sometimes Air Defence Frigates from Myanmar Navy also operate under the direct command of respective SOC.

Each Air Defence division is commanded by a brigadier general and consists of three Air Defence Tactical Operations Command (TOC) and support units. One Medium Range Surface to Air Missile Tactical Operations Command (MRSAM-TOC), with three battalions equipped with Buk M-1 or Kub missile system is deployed in an Area Defence Belt role. One Short Range Air Defence Tactical Operations Command (SHORAD-TOC), with three battalions equipped with Tor M-1 missile system is deployed in a Point Defence role for critical areas such as radar stations, fighter bases and SOC headquarters. One Electronic Reconnaissance Tactical Operations Command (EIR-TOC) with 6 to 8 radar and communication companies for early warnings and interdiction detection.

Each fighter-interceptor wing commanded by a brigadier general and is composed of three Fighter squadrons of either MiG-29 and F-7M AirguardiInterceptors (ten aircraft per squadron) and their ground base support units. [14]

Sector Operation CentersHeadquartersNotes
Northern SOC Myitkyina
Southern SOC Myeik
Western SOC Sittwe
Eastern SOC Tachilek
South Eastern SOC Yay
Central SOC Meiktila

Directorate of Signal

Soon after the independence in 1948, Myanmar Signal Corps was formed with units from Burma Signals, also known as "X" Branch. It consisted HQ Burma Signals, Burma Signal Training Squadron (BSTS) and Burma Signals Squadron. HQ Burma Signals was located within War Office. BSTS based in Pyain Oo Lwin was formed with Operating Cipher Training Troop, Dispacth Rider Training Troop, Lineman Training Troop, Radio Mechanic Training Troop and Regimental Signals Training Troop. BSS, based in Mingalardon, had nince sections: Administration Troop, Maintenance Troop, Operating Troop, Cipher Troop, Lineman and Dispatch Rider Troop, NBSD Signals Troop, SBSD Signals Troop, Mobile Brigade Signals Toop and Arakan Signals Toop. The then Chief of Signal Staff Officer (CSO) was Lieutenant Colonel Saw Aung Din. BSTS and BSS were later renamed No. 1 Signal Battalion and No.1 Signal Training Battalion. In 1952, the Infantry Divisional Signals Regiment was formed and later renamed to No. 2 Signal Battalion. HQ Burma Signals was reorganised and became Directorate Signal and the director was elevated to the rank of Colonel. In 1956, No. 1 Signal Security Battalion was formed, followed by No. 3 Signal Battalion in November 1958 and No.4 Signal Battalion in October 1959.

In 1961, signal battalions were reorganised as No. 11 Signal Battalion under North Eastern Regional Military Command, No. 121 Signal Battalion under Eastern Command, No. 313 Signal Battalion under Central Command, No.414 Signal Battalion under South Western Command, and No. 515 Signal Battalion under South Eastern Command. No.1 Signal Training Battalion was renamed Burma Signal Training Depot (Baho-Setthweye-Tat).

By 1988, Directorate of Signals command one training depot, eight signal battalions, one signal security battalion, one signal store depot and two signal workshops. Signal Corps under Directorate of Signal further expanded during 1990 expansion and reorganisation of Myanmar Armed Forces. By 2000, a signal battalion is attached to each Regional Military Command and signal companies are now attached to Light Infantry Divisions and Military Operations Commands.

In 2000, Command, Control and Communication system of Myanmar Army has been substantially upgraded by setting up the military fibre optic communication network managed by Directorate of Signal throughout the country. Since 2002 all Myanmar Army Regional Military Command HQs used its own telecommunication system. Satellite communication links are also provided to forward-deployed infantry battalions. However, battle field communication systems are still poor. Infantry units are still using TRA 906 and PRM 4051 which were acquired from UK in the 1980s. Myanmar Army also uses the locally built TRA 906 Thura and Chinese XD-D6M radio sets. Frequency hopping handsets are fitted to all front line units. [22]

Between 2000 and 2005, Myanmar army bought 50 units of Brett 2050 Advanced Tech radio set from Aussie through third party from Singapore. Those units are distributed to ROCs in central & upper regions to use in counterinsurgency operations. [14] [15]

Directorate of Medical Services

At the time of independence in 1948, the medical corps has two Base Military Hospitals, each with 300 beds, in Mingalardon and Pyin Oo Lwin, a Medical Store Depot in Yangon, a Dental Unit and six Camp Reception Stations located in Myitkyina, Sittwe, Taungoo, Pyinmana, Bago and Meikhtila. Between 1958 and 1962, the medical corps was restructred and all Camp Reception Stations were reorganised into Medical Battalions.

In 1989, Directorate of Medical Services has significantly expanded along with the infantry. In 2007, there are two 1,000-bed Defence Services General Hospitals (Mingalardon and Naypyitaw), two 700-bed hospitals in Pyin Oo Lwin and Aung Ban, two 500-bed military hospitals in Meikhtila and Yangon, one 500-bed Defence Services Orthopedic Hospital in Mingalardon, two 300-bed Defence Services Obstetric, Gynecological and Children hospitals (Mingalardon and Naypyitaw), three 300-bed Military Hospitals (Myitkyina, Ann and Kengtung), eighteen 100-bed Military Hospitals (Mongphyet, Baan, Indaing, Bahtoo, Myeik, Pyay, Loikaw, Namsam, Lashio, Kalay, Mongsat, Dawai, Kawthaung, Laukai, Thandaung, Magway, Sittwe, and Hommalin), fourteen field medical battalions, which are attached to various Regional Military Commands throughout the country. Each Field Medical Battalion consist of 3 Field Medical Companies with 3 Field Hospital Units and a specialist team each. Health & Disease Control Unit (HDCU) is responsible for prevention, control & eradication of diseases.

Medical Corps Centre Hmawbi Yangon Command
No.(1) Field Medical Battalion Mandalay Central Command
No.(2) Field Medical Battalion Taunggyi Eastern Command
No.(3) Field Medical Battalion Taungoo Southern Command
No.(4) Field Medical Battalion Pathein South Western Command
No.(5) Field Medical Battalion Mawlamyaing South Eastern Command
No.(6) Field Medical BattalionHmawbiYangon Command
No.(7) Field Medical Battalion Monywa North Western Command
No.(8) Field Medical Battalion Sittwe Western Command
No.(9) Field Medical Battalion Mohnyin Northern Command
No.(10) Field Medical Battalion Lashio North Eastern Command
No.(11) Field Medical Battalion Bhamo Northern Command
No.(12) Field Medical Battalion Kengtung Triangle Region Command
No.(13) Field Medical Battalion Myeik Coastal Region Command
No.(14) Field Medical Battalion Taikkyi Yangon Command
Health and Disease Control Unit Mingaladon Yangon Command


See: Military Training in Myanmar

[6] [14] [15]

Defence academies and colleges

National Defence College – NDC Naypyidaw (နေပြည်တော်)
Defence Services Command and General Staff College – DSCGSC Kalaw (ကလော)
Defence Services Academy – DSA Pyin U Lwin (ပြင်ဦးလွင်)
Defence Services Technological Academy – DSTAPyin U Lwin (ပြင်ဦးလွင်)
Defence Services Medical Academy – DSMA Yangon (ရန်ကုန်)
Military Institute of Nursing and Paramedical Science – MINPYangon (ရန်ကုန်)
Military Computer And Technological Institute – MCTI Hopong (ဟိုပုံး)

Training schools

BadgeTraining SchoolsLocations
Officer Training School – OTS Fort Ba Htoo
Basic Army Combat Training SchoolFort Ba Htoo
1st Army Combat Forces SchoolFort Ba Htoo
2nd Army Combat Forces School Fort Bayinnaung
Artillery Training SchoolMone Tai
Armour Training SchoolMaing Maw
Electronic Warfare School Pyin U Lwin
Engineer SchoolPyin U Lwin
Information Warfare School Yangon
Air, Land and Paratroops Training School Hmawbi
Special Forces School Fort Ye Mon

Ranks and insignia

See: Army ranks and insignia of Myanmar

The various rank of the Myanmar Army are listed below in descending order: [14]

Commissioned officers

Note: Senior General (OF-10) is the highest rank in Myanmar Armed Forces.

Myanmar title ဗိုလ်ချုပ်မှူးကြီးဒုတိယ ဗိုလ်ချုပ်မှူးကြီးဗိုလ်ချုပ်ကြီးဒုတိယ ဗိုလ်ချုပ်ကြီးဗိုလ်ချုပ်ဗိုလ်မှူးချုပ်
MLC TS Bo Gyoke Hmu GyiDu Bo Gyoke Hmu GyiBo Gyoke KyeeDu Bo Gyoke KyeeBo GyokeBo Hmu Gyoke
Western Version Senior General Vice Senior GeneralGeneral Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier General
UK equivalent Field Marshal nilGeneral Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier
NATO CodeOF-10OF-9OF-8OF-7OF-6
Myanmar title ဗိုလ်မှူးကြီးဒုတိယ ဗိုလ်မှူးကြီးဗိုလ်မှူးဗိုလ်ကြီးဗိုလ်ဒုတိယဗိုလ်
MLC TS Bo Hmu GyiDu Bo Hmu GyiBo HmuBo GyiBoDu Bo
Western Version Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant
UK equivalent Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant

Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs)

Non-commissioned officers are referred to as Saya(ဆရာ), meaning Teacher, by both enlisted men and officers. Regiment Sergeant Major, Company Sergeant Majors are bo lay(ဗိုလ်လေး) escThis Master Sergeant/ Sergeant are referred to as Sayagyi (ဆရာကြီး), literally meaning "Old Teacher", are referred to as Saya and Corporal/Lance Corporal as Sayalay(ဆရာလေး). These unofficial ranks are used throughout the daily life of all branches. Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) within the Myanmar Armed Forces are usually seasoned veteran soldiers. Thus both Officers and enlisted men refer to them as "teacher" out of respect.

Myanmar title အရာခံဗိုလ်ဒုအရာခံဗိုလ်တပ်ခွဲတပ်ကြပ်ကြီးတပ်ကြပ်ကြီးတပ်ကြပ်ဒုတပ်ကြပ်တပ်သားတပ်သားသစ်
MLC TS Ayagan BoDu-Ayagan BoTatkhwè TatkyatkyiTatkyatkyiTatkyatDu-TatkyatTet TharTet Thar Teet
Western Version Warrant Officer Regimental Sergeant Major Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Private Private Recruit
UK equivalent Warrant Officer Class One Warrant Officer Class Two Staff Sergeant Sergeant Corporal Lance Corporal Private Private Recruit

Order of battle

[14] [15]


Armoured vehicles

Al-Khalid IDEAS 2012.jpg VT-1A Main battle tank 50 [23] Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China
SER mod T72.jpg T-72S Main battle tank139 [24] [25] [26] Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Purchased from Ukraine. Three regiments are equipped with 48 tanks apiece. [27]
Chinese Type 69-II Tank.jpg Type 69-II [28] Main battle tank80 [29] Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg ChinaUsed mainly for training and as reserves.
T-54-.jpg T-55 Medium tank 10 [24] Flag of India.svg India
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Acquired from India.
Type 62 tank - front.jpg Type 62 [29] Light tank 105 [29] Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China
Type 63 tank - above.jpg Type 63 [29] Light tank50 [29] Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China
Armoured Vehicle
ChineseType85C2Veh.jpg Type 85 Armoured personnel carrier250 [30] Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China Type 85 AFV#Operators
Chinese Type 90 APC.jpg Type 90 AFV Armoured personnel carrier55 [19] Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China
Soviet MT-LB.JPEG MT-LB Armoured personnel carrier98 [31] Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
delivered in 2007. 3 regiments are equipped with 44 MT-LB MSh each.
BTR3.jpg BTR-3U [32] [33] Infantry fighting vehicle, Armoured personnel carrier 368Flag of Ukraine.svg UkrainePurchased as kits to be assembled locally until 2013 to circumvent embargo.
Sri Lanka Military 0007.jpg WZ551 Infantry fighting vehicle, Armored personnel carrier 176 [34] Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg ChinaPTL02 tank destroyer (delivered 2012-2013) [35] and WMA301 Assaulter (delivered 2012-2015) [36] [37]  : Both seen on Armed Forces Day Parade
Cascavel EE-009.JPG EE-9 Cascavel armoured reconnaissance vehicle 150 [21] Flag of Brazil.svg BrazilSold by Israel, based in eastern Shan State and triangle regions near Thai-Myanmar border. [38]
Ferret-latrun-2.jpg Ferret Armoured car 45 [39] Flag of the United Kingdom.svg UK
AML-90 DM-SC-91-12078.JPEG Panhard AML Armoured car50 [40] Flag of France.svg FranceModernized by Israel[ citation needed ]
Humber pigMK1!2.jpg Humber Pig Armoured personnel carrier40 [24] Flag of the United Kingdom.svg UK
PanhardM3old.JPG Panhard M3 [41] Armoured personnel carrier10 [24] Flag of France.svg FranceModernized by Israel[ citation needed ]
Mahindra Mine Protected Vehicle.jpg MPV [42] Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected 10 [24] Flag of India.svg IndiaMine protected armoured personnel carrier.
BAAC or MAV-1 [43] Armoured personnel carrier44 [44] Flag of Myanmar.svg Myanmar1983–1991 locally made 12.7mm machine gun
Bundeswehrmuseum Dresden 68.jpg Type 84 [45] Armoured vehicle-launched bridge 16Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg ChinaSeen on Local MRTV
Chinese Type 653 ARV 2.JPG Type 653 [41] Armoured recovery vehicle 18Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China


Self-propelled artillery
1372 bm 21 grad.JPG BM-21/BA-84/Type-90 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union84 [25] Used during Battle of Border Post 9631with Thais, Seen on Local TV
Nora B52.jpg Nora B-52 [46] Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia30155 mm self-propelled howitzer
Image Norinco SH1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China [47] 78155 mm self-propelled howitzer
Towed artillery
122- mm gaubitsa D-30 (1).jpg D-30M Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union560 [30] 122 mm howitzer
130-mm pushka M-46 obraztsa 1953 goda (1).jpg Type 59-1 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China16 [30] 130 mm field gun
M2A2 Terra Star 105mm Auxiliary Propelled Howitzer front quarter.jpg Various 105 mm gunsFlag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Yugoslavia & Various100+ [30] Types: M56 and others.
H12 Type 63 multiple rocket launcher.JPG Type 63 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China30 [30] 107 mm multiple rocket launcher (towed)
Obuzierul de Munte M1982 76mm.jpg M48 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Yugoslavia212 [48] 76 mm mountain gun
M101-105mm-howitzer-camp-pendleton-20050326.jpg M101 howitzer Flag of the United States.svg US242[ citation needed ]105 mm M2A1
25 Pounder Gun.JPG Ordnance QF 25 pounder Flag of the United Kingdom.svg UK50 [25] 87.6 mm Field gun/Howitzer
155HowLeftRear.jpg KH-179 [25] Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea100+155 mm Howitzer
M-71-cannon-towed.JPG Soltam M-845P Flag of Israel.svg Israel72 [25] 155 mm 45 calibre towed gun howitzer
Ordnance bl55 140mm gun hameenlinna 1.jpg BL 5.5-inch Medium Gun Flag of the United Kingdom.svg UK230? [25] 140 mm Towed

Air Defence

Missile systems
Bloodhound SAM at the RAF Museum.jpg BAe Dynamics Bloodhound Mk.II [6] [49] [50] Flag of the United Kingdom.svg UK60Supplied by Singapore
SA-2 Guideline.JPG SA-2 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union48 [25] surface-to-air missile
2P25 VS 2.jpg SA-6 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union24 [25] medium-range surface-to-air missile system
S125 Neva 250 brPVO VS, september 01, 2012.jpg Pechora-2M Flag of Russia.svg Russia24 [25] [51] surface-to-air missile system
Chinese KS-1 SAM mobile launcher.jpg KS-1A Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China4 Battalions [25] Medium-range surface-to-air missile
2008 Moscow Victory Day Parade - 9K22 Tunguska.jpg SA-19 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union24 [25] Tracked SAM system
IGLA-S MANPADS at IDELF-2008.jpg 9K38 Igla (SA-18 Grouse)&(SA-16)Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union100 x SA16 [30]
400 x SA18 [25]
Very short-range portable surface-to-air missile system (MANPADS)
Hwasong 6.jpg Hwasong-6 Flag of North Korea.svg North Korea11 [52] [ verification needed ] Scud missile with range:700 km
Gun systems
61-K.jpg Type-74 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union24 [30] 37 mm
QF 40mm Mk1 CFB Borden 1.jpg Anti-Aircraft Guns Various modelVarious200 [25] 37mm/40mm/57mm Anti-Aircraft Guns
14,5-mm schetverennaia zenitnaia pulemetnaia ustanovka konstruktsii Leshchinskogo ZPU-4 (4).jpg KPV heavy machine gun Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union

Anti Tank

Rcl106lat2.jpg M40 recoilless rifle Flag of the United States.svg United States200 [25] [53] Anti Tank Weapon
M3E1.jpg Carl Gustav recoilless rifle Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden1000 [25] Anti Tank Weapon
RPG-7V - Interpolitex-2009.jpg RPG-7/RPG Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet UnionAnti Tank Weapon


Browning Hi-Power [54] Side Arm 9×19mm Parabellum Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium Browning 9mm Pistol MOD 45151558.jpg
MA-5 MK III [54] Side Arm9×19mm ParabellumFlag of Myanmar.svg Myanmar
SIG Sauer P226 neu.jpg
MA-5 MKII Side Arm9×19mm ParabellumFlag of Myanmar.svg Myanmar
Glock 17.jpg
BA-52 Submachine Gun9×19mm ParabellumFlag of Myanmar.svg Myanmar
BA-93 Submachine Gun9×19mm ParabellumFlag of Myanmar.svg Myanmar
1952 General von Horn IMI Uzi 001 (cropped).jpg
BA-94/MA-13 Submachine Gun9×19mm ParabellumFlag of Myanmar.svg Myanmar
Uzi of the israeli armed forces.jpg
M1 Carbine Semi-automatic carbine .30 carbine Flag of the United States.svg United States
WWII M1 Carbine.jpg
MA1 Assault Rifle 5.56×45mm NATO Flag of Myanmar.svg Myanmar
MA2 Light Machine Gun 5.56×45mm NATO Flag of Myanmar.svg Myanmar
MA3 Assault Carbine 5.56×45mm NATO Flag of Myanmar.svg Myanmar
MA4 Grenadier Rifle 5.56×45mm NATO Flag of Myanmar.svg Myanmar
QBZ95 Assault Rifle 5.8×42mm Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China
QBZ 95 PLA.png
QBZ97 Assault Carbine 5.8×42mm Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China
QBZ95 automatic rifle 20170902.jpg
MA Sniper Sniper Rifle 7.62×51mm NATO Flag of Russia.svg Russia
Interpolitex 2013 (536-15).jpg
MA11 Assault Rifle 5.56×45mm NATO Flag of Myanmar.svg Myanmar
HK33A2 Flickr (yet another finn).jpg
MA12 Light Machine Gun 5.56×45mm NATO Flag of Myanmar.svg Myanmar
BA63 Battle Rifle 7.62×51mm NATO Flag of Myanmar.svg Myanmar
DCB Shooting G3 pictures.jpg
BA72 Assault Rifle 7.62×51mm NATO Flag of Myanmar.svg Myanmar
BA64 Light Machine Gun 7.62×51mm NATO Flag of Myanmar.svg Myanmar
BA100 Sniper Rifle 7.62×51mm NATO Flag of Myanmar.svg Myanmar
HK41 SG1.jpg
Rheinmetall MG3 [54] General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) 7.62×51mm NATO Flag of Germany.svg West Germany
M2 Browning machine gun [54] Heavy Machine Gun .50 BMG Flag of the United States.svg United States
PEO Browning M2 HB Machine Gun.jpg
M79 grenade launcher Grenade Launcher 40mm grenade Flag of the United States.svg United States
M79 Grenade Launcher (7414625716).jpg

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