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The military coup prompts an anti-drone company in Singapore to cut ties with Myanmar

A Singaporean company official, which has sold anti-aircraft products to Myanmar police, said it has halted more business in the country and canceled an agreement with its main airport in the wake of a military coup.

TRD Consulting is among about a dozen companies in Singapore, the largest source of investment in Myanmar in recent years, that activists have targeted to do business with the state.

The military’s takeover of power on February 1 and the detention of hundreds of people, including the elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, sparked international sanctions and mass protests.

“We have no plan to supply Myanmar with anti-drone products until a legal community is re-established,” General Manager Sam Ong said in an e-mail response.

“We will review future sales accordingly.”

He said the company was in the process of selling anti-drone products to Yangon International Airport, but that deal was canceled.

He said the company would not sell to the Myanmar military.

TRD has sold the Orion-7 drone signal disable device to police, which interferes with the drone’s communications signal to force it to land.

Ong said that the disorder has no effect on humans.

Some protesters have called on the city state to take tougher action against the junta, threatening to boycott famous brands in Singapore such as Tiger Beer and cafe chain Ya Kun Kaya Toast.

Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said on Tuesday that the city-state opposes sweeping sanctions imposed on Myanmar and will not interfere in the business decisions of companies related to the country.

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