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Vietnam May Purchase India's Deadly Supersonic BrahMos Cruise Missile
With Russian acquiescence, the supersonic cruise missile could end up in Hanoiís inventory.

By Ankit Panda
June 02, 2016
Having resolved long-standing issues regarding intellectual property concerns, India and Russia may be ready to offer up their jointly developed BrahMos supersonic cruise missile for export. According to a recent report by IHS Janeís Defence Weekly, India plans to reinvigorate plans to offer the missile to Vietnam. As Iíd discussed in The Diplomat in September 2014, Hanoi had shown interest in the platform for some time. Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar will visit Vietnam later this month to discuss the sale with his Vietnamese counterpart.

The BrahMos has the distinction of being one of the deadliest cruise missiles to exist, primarily due to its supersonic cruising speeds and precision. Though the BrahMos has a shorter range than other cruise missiles, it remains the fastest anti-ship cruise missile, capable of traveling at speeds of up to Mach 3.0 while sea-skimming to avoid detection. Several variants of the BrahMos exist; the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force operate surface-launched, ship-launched, and air-launched variants. A submarine-launched variant has completed successful testing from underwater launch platforms, but remains inoperative.

Defense collaboration between India and Vietnam has intensified since Hanoi first demonstrated interest in the BrahMos. Amid concerns about Chinese behavior in the South China Sea, Vietnam is seeking to bolster its defenses to deter the Peopleís Liberation Army-Navy. A year ago, Vietnamese Defense Minister Phýng Quang Thanh was in New Delhi to sign agreements on defense cooperation and a Joint Vision Statement outlining a road map for increased defense collaboration.

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