The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has rejected a UNHRC report by an independent international fact-finding mission on Mynamar and Stockholm International Peace & Research Institute (SIPRI) Arms Transfers Database which claimed that the Indian aerospace and defence company had business dealings with Myanmar Defence Forces.
The report had described HAL as one of the major suppliers to the Myanmar military from 2017-19.
Reacting to the report, HAL called factually incorrect with the spokesperson saying, “HAL has had no business dealings with Myanmar Defence Forces from 2017-2019. In fact, HAL did not have any business dealing even after 2019 with Myanmar till date.”
HAL delivered second-hand trainer aircraft in 2018; BDL provided torpedoes
The UNHRC in its report titled ‘The economic interests of the Myanmar military’ claimed that HAL had delivered second-hand trainer aircraft in 2018 and Bharat Dynamics Limited provided anti-submarine torpedoes to the Myanmar Navy following an agreement reached in March 2017, reportedly worth USD 38 million.