22 February 2022
Myanmar Witness investigators reveal that rockets are being sent to Myanmar from Serbia
Myanmar Witness, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and the Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CINS), have identified information indicating that Serbian-manufactured air-launched rockets were exported from Serbia to Myanmar, using a Belarussian airline, after the military coup of 1 February 2021.
Official documentation from the Serbian Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Communication, flight tracking data, and analysis of social media footage shows that two batches of unguided aerial rockets are likely to have been flown by Belarussian air company Rada Airlines from Serbia’s Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade to Myanmar’s Yangon Airport on 9 February 2021.
Myanmar Witness has not verified any footage showing this exact rocket being used by the Myanmar military since the coup. However, footage of several attacks carried out by aircraft belonging to the Myanmar Air Force (MAF) has been analysed and it has been verified that, in at least one case, an MAF jet used a similar type of air-launched unguided rocket during the conflict in Myanmar.
Further investigations into the weapons used in the conduct of such events are ongoing.
Read Myanmar Witness’ report for more information.