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Vietnam buys submarine-launched land attack missiles to deter China
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https://www.reuters.com/article/vietnam-military/vietnam-buys-submarine-launched-land-attack-missiles-to-deter-china-idUSL4N0XQ3C720150430

* Vietnam bought Russian-made land attack Klub missiles

* Missiles have 300 km range

* Analysts surprised by assertive weapon choice

* Vietnamís ties with China strained over South China Sea

* Weapons likely to target Chinese ports, airfields - experts

By Greg Torode

HONG KONG, April 30 (Reuters) - Vietnam is arming its expanding submarine fleet with land attack missiles that could be capable of reaching Chinese coastal cities, a choice of weapon likely to be seen as provocative by China in the ongoing South China Sea dispute.

The independent Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) recently updated data on its website to show Vietnamís acquisition of the Russian-made land attack variant of the Klub missile for its state-of-the-art Kilo attack submarines.

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