Skip to comments.India defies missile-exporting China with cruise missile sale to Vietnam
Posted on 08/14/2017 8:43:35 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
Indias sale to Vietnam of a short-range, supersonic anti-ship missile has opened a new conflict in an already tense situation with China, an analyst said.
Vietnam will receive the BrahMos which is considered one of the most effective and lethal anti-ship missiles in the world, with speeds reaching Mach 2.8 to 3.0.
About half of Chinas worldwide arms exports go to one country Pakistan, for the primary reason of containing India, said Hoover Institution Fellow and Geostrategy-Direct correspondent Maochun Miles Yu in a Facebook post.
Now India is playing the same game by arming one of Chinas arch enemies, Vietnam.
Russia, which co-produces the BrahMos with India, is said to have given its nod of approval on the sale.
The Chinese government has major objections about Vietnam getting these missiles for its navy, said analyst Larkins Dsouza, founder of Defense Aviation.China sees India selling BrahMos to Vietnam as an act of belligerence and interference in the South China Sea dispute.
But, Dsouza added, China seems to be overlooking the fact that it sells a great deal of weapons to Pakistan, a country that has been in a gridlock with India for decades. All indications now point to the fact that New Delhi has overcome its reservations and fears about annoying China.
The BrahMos can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land. It was developed jointly by Indias Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Russias NPO Mashinostroeyenia. Vietnam is said to be looking to use the missile in its Kilo-class submarines.
The missile is heavily based on the Russian P-800 Oniks cruise missile and other similar sea-skimming Russian cruise missile technology, Dsouza said.
A hypersonic version of the missile, the BrahMos-II, is also currently under development with speeds up to Mach 7. It could be ready for testing some time this year, Dsouza said.
Meanwhile, Japan and India are set to strengthen security ties with the U.S., with the prospect of bolstering their trilateral security cooperation, Dsouza said. It is very significant for Japan, India and the U.S. to ensure the security of the vast Pacific and Indian Oceans. Japan has suggested that the three countries start organizing regular high-level meetings, and the Indian Defense Minister, Manohar Parrikar, will consider the proposal.
290 km range launched from a sub or ship means it can attack 80% of world’s large cities.
Speaking of Vietnam and China:
Taiwan needs a train load of these,too.
Translating kg and meters into units I am more familiar with, that is one big bird! Over three tons and 5.5 ft wing span.
For more than 1,000 years Vietnam has bloodied China’s nose. More Recently, see:
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