Vietnam’s Restocking: Subs, Ships, Sukhois, and Now Perhaps F-16s and P-3s?

Kilo to China

Kilo Class shipping

May 1/17: Vietnam has started to take delivery external link of some components needed for the assembly of three RV-02 medium-range radars. The system is an improvement on the Vostok-E VHF radar external link made by Belarus, of which Hanoi bought 20 of the radars as an asymmetric warfare strategy against stealth fighters from China including the J-20 and J-31 over the disputed South China Sea. Acceptance and commission checks were conducted by engineers from Vietnam’s Examination Council of the PK-KQ Technical Institute.


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Kilo Class cutaway(click to view full) In April 2009, reports surfaced that Vietnam had agreed in principle to a deal with Russia for 6 of its diesel-electric Kilo/ Project 636 Class fast attack submarines. By December 2009, it was an inflection-point deal for a capability that Vietnam has never had before. By November 2013, the […]

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