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.

This episode would not have been possible without the express permission of the Defense Services Museum in Naypitaw who worked very closely with TFB in order to gain some of the footage and photographs that are used throughout the episode here.


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Originally posted on The Firearm Blog