The announcement came days after Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla travelled to Myanmar on a two-day visit during which they held talks with the top military and political brass of the country including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
"We understand that this will be the first submarine of the Myanmar Navy. This is in accordance with our vision of SAGAR Security and Growth for All in the Region, and also in line with our commitment to build capacities and self reliance in all our neighbouring countries," Srivastava said.
Myanmar is one of India's strategic neighbours and shares a 1,640-kilometer-long border with a number of northeastern states including militancy-hit Nagaland and Manipur.
In the last few years, both sides have been ramping up maritime security cooperation.
Kilo class refers to diesel-electric attack submarines that were designed and built in the erstwhile Soviet Union.
The Indian Navy regularly interacts with the Myanmarese Navy through staff talks, joint working group meeting on maritime cooperation and other operational interactions which include port visits, coordinated patrols and bilateral exercises.
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