MYANMAR – A Nay Pyi Taw military source said that the military council issued instructions to upgrade and dig trenches and foxholes that can withstand drone bombings at all the battalions across the country and police stations, including Pyin Oo Lwin.
The military reviewers in Nay Pyi Taw reportedly concluded that drone bombings are being carried out by the revolutionary forces in the northern part of Shan State, and that drone bombs are one main reason for the fall of military council camps. Therefore, the military council ordered the battalions and police stations all over the country including Pyin Oo Lwin, to dig foxholes and trenches to withstand drone bombings.
“Normal trenches have already been dug in all battalions. Now, they are asked to upgrade the existing foxholes and trenches to drone bomb-resistant trenches. The letter of reference detailed the kind of trenches, how to dig them and how bomb shields are to be placed on top,” said a military source in Nay Pyi Taw.
It is learned that No. 6 Defense Industry and the air defense forces in Pataung Township, Pyay District, Bago Division are also hiring earth excavators to dig trenches that are resistant to drone bombs.
A person close to the junta community in the township said that “They hired an outside earth excavator for 500,000 Kyats per day to dig defensive trenches at the defense industry factory in Pataung Township. The Air Defense Force asked excavators there to dig for them first by offering to pay 600,000 per day. They are digging trenches in a rush. Before, they used soldiers and hand-dug trenches. Now, they have to dig properly dug trenches with earth excavators.”
In addition to the digging of trenches, 24-hour outposts have been set up in the battalion units, and the wives of the soldiers as well as officers are also being made to take on guard duties.