On A Move That Will Anger China, Vietnam Says Yes, India Denies
For the first time ever, the Vietnamese government confirmed today – albeit cautiously – that it has acquired BrahMos crossing missiles against the expedition in India. At a time when Delhi and China have been locked in their worst military confrontation for decades, Defense Ministry sources have refused to sell the missile systems to Vietnam, but they did not want to comment.
The acquisition of BrahMos will be considered by China as a challenging movement of Vietnam to protect its claim to the famous South China Sea, which Beijing claims fully as itself.
Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesman Thi Thu Hang, when asked a specific question about the acquisition of BrahMos, said earlier today: “The purchase of defense equipment by Vietnam is consistent with the policy of peace and self-defense and is the usual practice in national defense. ”
She added that the Vietnam-India Global Strategic Partnership, which includes defense cooperation, “contributes in a practical way to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region.”
Brahmos supersonic cruising jaw
BrahMos missiles from India are considered one of the most advanced missiles of this type.
The statement by the Vietnamese government has been widely interpreted as a local media as confirmation that the BrahMos missile agreement, discussed for years, has reached its peak. Senior Vietnamese journalists told NDTV that the first batch of missiles could arrive a few days ago.
Co-developed by a Russian manufacturer and the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization, the BrahMos can accelerate at a speed of 2.8 times the speed of sound to hit enemy ships at 300 km.
In the final phase of its flight, the missile undertakes a series of extreme maneuvers to avoid interception by air surface missiles that can be triggered to prevent it from hitting its target.
The Indian Army has also acquired a variant of the missile ground attack with dive attack capability to enable BrahMos to accurately pinpoint targets in mountain areas.
Brahmos guided missile destroyer lights
BrahMos missiles can undertake a series of extreme maneuvers to avoid interception.
In April of this year, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army daily said: “The deployment of the BrahMos missile is likely to increase competition and antagonism in relations between China and India and will have an impact The stability of the region “.
The armies of the two countries are in the middle of a long dead end on the plateau of Doklam, situated on the border of Sikkim. China says the region belongs to it; India and Bhutan agree that it is a part of the small Himalayan kingdom.
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