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Vietnam's Military Modernization

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Ayoshi:
The Diplomat - October 28, 2016

After extraordinary growth in military hardware, Vietnam is consolidating its new gains.


--- Quote ---In the past 10 years, there has been a fundamental shift in the capabilities of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA), which for the first time has the ability to project power and defend maritime interests.  No country in Southeast Asia has put more military hardware online in the same period of time as Vietnam. This military modernization has been driven almost exclusively by the threat posed by China over territory in the contested South China Sea.

What we are seeing now is Vietnam entering a period of consolidation and gradually improved capability, and the gradual development of doctrine. Vietnam has many of the assets in place, but so far, no doctrine in a real sense (beyond “people’s war”) or any sense of cross-service jointness. The groundwork is laid for further military development.
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solarprism:
http://www.aseanmildef.com/2016/12/last-kilo-class-varshavyanka-submarine.html

--- Quote ---HANOI, -- December 9th St. Petersburg sailed registered in the Netherlands ship dock Rolldock Storm the last commissioned by the Vietnam submarine project 636.1 Varshavyanka. This ship is the HQ-187 Ba Rịa-Vung Tau. Sixth ordered by Vietnam and 37 of exported ships in this family.
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