Southeast Asia Market Eyes BrahMos Missiles Jointly Made by Russia, India

Brahmos Missiles

 

Several Southeast Asian nations, including Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, have shown interest in buying Russian-Indian supersonic BrahMos cruise missiles, a spokesman for the manufacturer said Wednesday.

 Speaking at an ongoing Defense & Security military expo in Bangkok, a spokesman for BrahMos Aerospace, a Russian-Indian joint military venture, told RIA Novosti that formal negotiations have not begun.

“Southeast Asia is a promising market for us. During this exhibition, we have been visited by several high-ranking defense ministry officials from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. We have had no official talks yet, but there is a high probability that they will become our clients in the future,” the spokesman said.

BrahMos Aerospace was formed by India’s Defense Research and Development Organization and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyenia. It produces weapons systems using Russian and Indian technology.BrahMos, a word combining Brahmaputra and Moscow, is a short-range supersonic missile, which has been in use by the Indian Navy since 2005. The missile has a range of 180 miles and can carry a conventional warhead of up to 660 pounds.

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Vietnam Receives Two Russian-made Submarines

The diesel-electric submarine built for the Vietnamese Navy at the shipyard in Svetly. File photo

 

Vietnam on Saturday celebrated the replenishment of its navy with two additional kilo-class submarines, which were produced in Russia.

At the commissioning ceremony at Cam Ranh Naval Base in Khanh Hoa Province, south of Hanoi, the national flag was raised on both vessels.During his official speech, Rear Admiral Pham Hoai Nam, the Vietnam People’s Navy commander, said the submarines will signify a new stage in upgrading the navy and the fighting capabilities of the Vietnam People’s Army.

The submarines’ names — 184-Hai Phong and 185-Khanh Hoa — were originally the names of Vietnamese coastal cities.

There will be two more 636 Varshavyanka Kilo-class submarines arriving in Vietnam to complete the 6-item deal. The diesel-powered vessels were ordered in 2009 from Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg for $2 billion.

The first two submarines, the 182-Hanoi and 183-Ho Chi Minh, were handed over to Vietnam a year ago, in April. The last delivery is scheduled to be carried out by 2016.
Russia will also train Vietnamese crews and provide indispensable spare parts. All of the commissioned submarines are to join Submarine Brigade 189, Vietnam’s news agency VNA reported.

As the submarines were commissioned amid ongoing tension in the South China Sea; Pham Hoai Nam also stressed during his speech that reinforcement of the Vietnamese navy wasn’t meant to create an arms race or deter other countries, but only to protect country’s sovereignty and ensure peace in the region.

The first Russian Kilo Class submarine was released in the early 1980s. The latest models of the vessel are almost 74m-long, have a 3,000-ton displacement and can operate in 300 meter-depths at a speed of 20 nautical miles per hour.

Russia designed shipyard for Vietnam

 

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The Russian scientific institution “Technology Center of Shipbuilding and Ship Repair” has developed a draft for Vietnam shipyard. The company built in the town of Cam Ranh.This was said by the chief of the department of foreign economic activity of “Technology Center of Shipbuilding and Ship Repair” Alexey Losev at the International Maritime Defense Show held in St. Petersburg.

According to him, the Vietnamese builders have already begun work on the subject, and in the near future the Russian side will start deliveries of the equipment and machines for the repair of ships and vessels.

Vietnam to receive two more Gepard-class warships soon

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The Vietnam People’s Navy soon get their hands on two new Gepard-class 3.9 frigates, the third and fourth of their kind which Russia has built for the Southeast Asian country, as the shipbuilder has just completed them, government website chinhphu.vn reported, quoting Russian media.

Russia has finished the construction of the two frigates for the Vietnamese navy, Russian news website Sputnik quoted Rafi Fatychow, spokesman for the Zelenodolsk shipyard, as saying last week.

Weapons will be installed on the two warships soon, Fatychow said at a forum on the maritime industry held in Moscow from May 19 to 21.

Gepard-class 3.9 frigates are an export version of the guard vessels under project 11661 of Russia, which are built in the Zelenodolsk shipyard in the Russian republic of Tatarstan.

Russia can sign contract for 4 missile boats for Vietnam in 2015 — manufacturer

 

March 18,  LANGKAWI
The four new missile boats Vietnam and Russia may sign a contract for will feature upgraded shipboard equipment

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Under a contract signed in 2003, Vietnam received two Russia-made vessels, and another ten are to be assembled under a licence in the Asian country. Construction of the first one of Project 12418 started in Vietnam in 2010. The licence is valid through to 2016.

According to Belkov, the four new missile boats Vietnam and Russia may sign a contract for will feature upgraded shipboard equipment.

The gas-turbine engines for the missile boats are produced at Ukraine’s Zorya-Mashproekt plant in Nikolayev, but that won’t cause any problems, the director said. The engines will be supplied directly to Vietnam. Belkov noted that there is the option of using Russian-made engines as well.

Oleg Belkov also said that exports of Russian high-speed boats Mangust (Project 12150) may start in 2015.

“I hope this year,” Belkov said of the presumed date of the start of exports.

“We are actively working with Vietnam, India, Brazil. Some country will agree to order [Mangusts],” he said.

Vietnam Military Blasts US for Interfering with Russian Refueling Flights

IL 78 tanker aircraft, right, and Tu-160 'White Swan' supersonic heavy strategic bomber

A senior Vietnamese military official told Sputnik that US demands that the country put a stop to Russian refueling plane landings at Cam Ranh airbase amount to interference in Vietnam’s internal affairs.

Colonel Le The Mau, a senior military official from the country’s Military Strategy Institute, told Sputnik Việt Nam that the United States’ demand that Vietnam stop allowing Russian refueling planes to land at Cam Ranh airbase amounts to interference in the country’s affairs:

“Washington’s demand that Vietnam [stops allowing refueling planes to land] can be seen as nothing else but interference in the internal affairs of Vietnam, a sovereign state which determines its own policies for cooperating with its friends and partners.”

Colonel Le added that the Russian refueling planes are not military planes, and that their landing at the Cam Ranh airbase is part of the base’s international functions. In addition, Colonel Le said that it is Vietnam’s decision to allow the refueling planes to land:

“Russia is Vietnam’s strategic partner, we are developing our cooperation in the military and technical sphere, one of the elements of which is providing the Cam Ranh airbase for the landing of Russian refueling planes.”

 

On Wednesday, it was revealed that the US is pushing Vietnam to stop letting Russia use Cam Ranh Bay military base. The Russian air force recently used the facility to refuel nuclear-capable bombers. US officials say Russian bomber planes have increased their number of flights in the region and even conducted what the Pentagon called “provocative flights” around Guam, a US territory in the Pacific that is home to a large military base.Cam Ranh was the main US Air Force base during the Vietnam War. From 1979 until 2002, the Soviet Union and later Russia leased the base, turning it into its largest naval base abroad. In 2004, part of the base was reconstructed and opened as a civilian airport.

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US Bullies Vietnam to Stop Military Cooperation With Russia

Russian bomber planes refueling

While expanding NATO bases closer to Russian borders, the US government is trying to bully Vietnam into stopping its military cooperation with Russia in the Pacific.

Sputnik’s sources in the US Department of State confirm that America is pushing Vietnam to stop letting Russia use Cam Ranh Bay military base. Russian air force recently used the facility to refuel nuclear-capable bombers. US officials say Russian bomber planes have increased the number of flights in the region and even conducted what the Pentagon calls “provocative flights” around Guam, a US territory in the Pacific that is home to a large military base.

US Army General Vincent Brooks told Reuters that the Russian planes circling Guam are refueled by Russian tankers flying from Cam Ranh Bay, a deep-water harbor that was a US air and naval base during the Vietnam War. The flights, Brooks alleges, show that Russia was “acting as a spoiler to our interests and the interests of others.”

Brooks contends that the flights have increased since Russia’s conflict with Ukraine began, he says as a show of Russian strength and to gather intelligence.

The US considers Cam Ranh Bay an important part of a Washington strategy to focus more on the Asia as a way to neutralize China’s growing influence in the region.

Vietnam is playing both sides of the fence, seeking closer ties with the US but also remaining close to Russia in a number of areas, including defense.

The State Department says it respects Vietnam’s right to enter into agreements with other countries, but “we have urged Vietnamese officials to ensure that Russia is not able to use its access to Cam Ranh Bay to conduct activities that could raise tensions in the region.”

Russia had said in November that it planned to send bombers on patrols over North American waters, and at the time the Pentagon called it routine training in international airspace.

Russian bomber patrol flights largely ended after the Soviet Union broke apart, but President Vladimir Putin resumed them in 2007.

The Vietnamese government has not commented on the US request.

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