Guns of the Tatmadaw: Burmese/Myanmar Small Arms Development

    The Myanmar Military (“Tatmadaw” in Burmese) is one of the only Southeast Asian nations that manufactures the majority of its small arms and light weapons (up to 120mm mortars) and has been doing so since the early 1950s in collaboration with a number of foreign allies. The majority of Burmese small arms production has typically been licensed produced of designs from Europe but usually with a few modifications that the Tatmadaw requested from the Directorate of Defence Industries. So although not truly innovative in the field of small arms design, the Burmese production small arms are still somewhat of an oddity and a true gem to research and to look into. TZ45 and Uzi submachine guns, G3 rifles, Lee Enfield rifle grenade launchers are all equally represented here.

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    Miles

    Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

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