The purchase of defense equipment ‘is in line with Vietnam’s peaceful national defense policies.’
Vietnam is developing defense cooperation with India to allow the country to pursue its defense policies, foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a press briefing on Thursday.
She was responding to an inquiry about Vietnam’s purchase of a batch of short-range ramjet supersonic cruise missiles from India.
Hang didn’t directly address the question, but said that the procurement of defense equipment “is in line with Vietnam’s peaceful national defense policies aimed at protecting the country.”
She said the strategic comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and India is growing in various areas and contributing to peace, stability and development in the region and the world.
The BrahMos missile was developed by Russia’s NPO Mashinostroeyenia and India’s Defense Research and Development Organization. It is the world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile in operation, traveling at speeds of 3,400-3,700 kilometers per hour.
The three-ton missiles can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land.
India has already supplied patrol vessels to Vietnam and has been providing military training, but the missiles are the first arms trade deal between the two countries.
Vietnam is building up its military amid tensions in the disputed East Sea, which is known internationally as the South China Sea. The country has also ordered six Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines from Russia in a deal worth $2 billion. The latest arrived last January.