04 Aug '11, 7am

Vietnam to get sub fleet in six years: HANOI: Vietnam will have a submarine fleet within six years, the defence

HANOI: Vietnam will have a submarine fleet within six years, the defence minister confirmed in reports on Thursday, as China's increasing maritime assertiveness causes regional concern. Russian media reported in December 2009 that Vietnam had agreed to buy half a dozen diesel-electric submarines for about two billion dollars, but Hanoi had not previously commented on the deal. "In the coming five to six years, we will have a submarine brigade with six Kilo 636-Class subs," Defence Minister Phung Quang Thanh was quoted as saying by the state-controlled Tuoi Tre newspaper. Thanh said the fleet was "definitely not meant as a menace to regional nations," according to Thursday's report. "Buying submarines, missiles, fighter jets and other equipment is for self-defence," he was quoted as saying, without specifying how Vietnam was paying for the naval investment. "It depends on o...

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