In a milestone achievement for the Indian arms industry, the first batch of Advanced Light Torpedo (TAL) Shyena torpedoes have been sent to Myanmar as part of an export deal worth $37.9 million which was signed in 2017, reports Livefist.
The torpedoes were manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), which is a public sector enterprise. Larsen & Toubro was behind the integration of the torpedoes with launcher systems.
TAL Shyena is India’s first domestically produced lightweight anti-submarine torpedo, and it was developed by DRDO’s Naval Science and Technological Laboratory. BDL manufacturers the the torpedoes at its facility in Visakhapatnam.
The supply of Shyena torpedos speaks to the growing ties between India and Myanmar, with the former also previously having supplied the latter with acoustic drones, naval sonars and other military equipment.
The two countries have also reportedly stepped up cooperation in their borden regions to flush out separatist ethnic militants.