Vietnam is in talks with European and US aircraft manufacturers to buy fighter jets, maritime patrol planes and reconnaissance drones, agencies reported Friday.
As part of its military modernization, Vietnam has three Russian-built Kilo-attack submarines and has three more on order as part of a $2.6 billion deal agreed in 2009.
Swedish company Saab, European consortium Eurofighter, the Airbus Group and US firms Lockheed Martin and Boeing are believed to be wooing Vietnam which has entered US's good books thanks to the China threat.
Defense contractors had made multiple visits to Vietnam in recent months although no deals were imminent, the officials added.
One Western defense contractor said Hanoi wanted to modernize its air force by replacing more than 100 ageing Russian MiG-21 fighters while reducing its reliance on Moscow for weapons for its roughly 480,000-strong military.
Vietnam has ordered about a dozen more Russian Sukhoi Su-30 front-line fighters to supplement a fleet of older Su-27s and Su-30s."We had indications they want to reduce their dependence on Russia. Their growing friendship with America and Europe will help them to do that," said the defense contractor.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, during a visit to Vietnam on Sunday, pledged $18 million to help Hanoi buy U.S. patrol boats.
Washington has set to ease an imposed ban on the sale of lethal weapons to Vietnam in October.
The Vietnamese Navy has received two indigenous missile boats, Molniyas, on Tuesday that are modeled on Russian vessels to enhance maritime defenses. The two Tarantul-class corvettes are equipped with 16 missiles and automatic weapons
Defense industry source report from the Russian Defense Ministry said Vietnam intends to purchase additional missile battalion 3rd Bastion-P, Baodatviet news website reported
Russia will deliver the two more Varshavyanka class diesel-electric submarines to Vietnam in 2014, a Russian official was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. The Varshavyanka-class (Project 636) is an improved version of the Kilo-class submarines and features advanced stealth technology, extended combat range and the ability to strike land, surface and underwater targets
Russia is expected to deliver the first Varshavyanka class of the six submarines to Vietnam in November, officials announced today. The Varshavyanka class (Project 636M) of diesel-electric submarines, dubbed by the U
Vietnam is interested in buying 14 fast patrol boats for an approximate US $212 million from Indian Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE). “Tomorrow a Vietnamese delegation is coming to see our facility and to discuss on procuring about 14 fast patrol boats for coastal surveillance,” GRSE chairman and managing director Admiral A K Verma said today at MCC Chamber of Commerce and Industry during an interactive session with the Ambassador of Vietnam
Vietnam defense ministry is insisting drone operators to have license before they set them flying. The Ministry of Defense said that agencies also have to make sure that all operators, traders and producers of drones have a license before they can start flying drones
Vietnams discussions with Russia to purchase two Gepard-class light frigates is in the last stage of negotiation. A deal could be reached by the end of the month, the sources told RBTH on Friday
Russia has delivered fourth of six Varshavyanka class submarines of Project 636.1 to Vietnam on Tuesday
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