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Vietnam to Buy Submarines from Russia

Posted: Aug 29, 2012

 "Vietnam has signed a contract to buy submarines, aircraft and other heavy weapons with Russia," Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told journalists after talks with Russian Prime Minister VladimirPutin.

Details of the terms of the contract were not disclosed, but according to earlier media reports, Russia plans to sell Vietnam six submarines Project 636 Kilo-Class with a value of up to $ 1.8 billion.

Submarine contracts worth up to $ 1.8 billion will include the construction of onshore infrastructure and training of sailors serving on the submarines. This will be the second largest submarine contract that Russia received since the Soviet period. Russia's largest contract is a contract to sell eight submarines to China.

Kilo-class submarines (Type 636) is considered one of the quietest submarines in the world. This submarine is designed for anti-ship and anti-submarine operations in relatively shallow waters.

Vietnam is believed to have ordered the Russian patrol ship class Svetlyak and frigates.

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