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    India's mobile surface-to-air missile defense system Akash is displayed during a press day of the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition in Goyang, north of Seoul, on October 28, 2013

    Turbulence in South China Sea: India Offers Missile to Vietnam

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    India is an old friend of Vietnam and both don't subscribe to China's claim in the South China Sea. That is the reason for raised eyebrows over India's offer to supply missiles to Vietnam.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) — India has offered to supply indigenously developed Akash missile to Vietnam at a time when both countries are talking of China's growing assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region.

    In fact, India has been helping Vietnam's defence modernization when it is trying in confrontation with China on the South China Sea issue. It recently underwrote the costs of four patrol boats that it will build especially for Vietnam.

    Akash is a medium range air-to-air missile system developed by India's Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). Akash has the capacity to destroy targets up to 30 km away.

    Initially, India will supply the missiles off-the-shelf to Vietnam and could later into a joint production arrangement.

    Vietnam has been a close Indian ally in South East Asia and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Vietnam last year saw both countries elevating their strategic partnership to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

    India-Vietnam defense ties are an important aspect of their strategic partnership. Earlier, India had offered to supply naval vessels to Vietnam as well as the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. India also trains Vietnamese fighter pilots as both countries mainly operate Russian fighter jets.

    "It's a part of India-Vietnam defense cooperation. Supplying of Akash missiles by India to Vietnam is very small in caparison to what China had supplied to Pakistan. But it's a beginning," Srikant Kondapalli, Professor of Chinese Studies in Jawahar Lal University in New Delhi told Sputnik.

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    • avatar
      Michael Hill
      Who is India in bed with?
    • avatar
      K.Tin reply toMichael Hill(Show commentHide comment)
      Michael Hill, no one ..but china playing pakistan card against india so ..india giving back by helping vietnam...n now india is usa ally ..
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      Michael Hillin reply toK.T(Show commentHide comment)
      Aha .... the US.
      Oh the tangled web we weave.
    • Angus Gallagherin reply toK.T(Show commentHide comment)
      K.T, we don't want you as an ally. You would just be a liability and totally unreliable.
      Your place is in the SCO and Eurasian Union.
    • city-zen
      Take SCO hand! !
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      K.Tin reply toAngus Gallagher(Show commentHide comment)
      Angus Gallagher, well USA need India more than India need USA.. ..India need USA for deterrence against china and USA need India to counter china in SCS. USA with japan Korea and Australia alone cnt handle china .
    • Angus Gallagherin reply toK.T(Show commentHide comment)
      K.T, we absolutely don't need you for anything. End of.
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      michael
      the cat and mouse game continues then...
    • avatar
      K.Tin reply toAngus Gallagher(Show commentHide comment)
      Angus Gallagher, you may don't need us..but unfortunately your countries need us.
    • avatar
      harry
      China has long history of supplying Pakistan conventional weapons and even nukes intended against India. Now India under Modi has woken up. It is up to China address Indian concern to make the region tranquil and holier than thou reaction fools no one.
    • avatar
      slimyfox
      I am absolutely no fan of China but neither of India as these two countries, actually all in that region behave as moody kids who are to stupid to realise that their bizarre game is driving them to serious conflict.

      India as stubborn kid is pushing their agenda against China instead calling Russia and asking Lavrov to be mediator between China and India in their dispute. Indian premier Modi is running to Chinese adversaries instead and is making mess of everything he touches.

      China is on other hand very back stabbing country and gives no shit to anyone and whatever is doing is doing for own benefit only. China declares friendship only in the moment when water starts to run in a mouth and realise that needs some powerful and scary enough to stop USA from dragging them in conflict. Unfortunately Russia is first victim of their "friendship" as Russia itself despite being one of the militarily most powerful nations on the planet but unfortunately in huge and dangerous dispute with the historically the worst government ever. China is using this fact to put pressure on Russia (extortion) to allow them to steal their ultra modern technology and later commence with mass production and sale to foreign partners as their own indigenous product. Chinese are shameless thieving bastards who do not respect anyone and have no real allegiance to anyone.

      It is unfortunate fact that USA government is abusing current situation to sharply wedge distance between nations by fueling hate and dissatisfaction. It would be wrong accuse USA wrong doing as these states in the region should be matured and their leaders should have a pinch of salt and understand what USA wants and do all opposite - to build friendship, but India is to stubborn and that will not happen.

      Beside that Vietnam should be very careful with these missiles as it had been proven that jet had to manoeuvre and make sure to be on the path of missile in order to be hit. These missiles are good for suicidal pilots.
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      Chatwithkennyr
      hina will get screwed right and left from Usa , Japan,India and Australia .....Taiwan ,Vietnam being the others.... How crazy are these Chinese people comparing their lousy aircraft carrier with American ones.... America has 13 nuclear powered aircraft carriers each having 80 -90 Fighter aircrafts each with catapult and a sky jump like the lousy aircraft carrier.... Chinese will be screwed if they face the mighty American navy . Another point how many years has Chinese being operating these 2 years ..??? Haha Even india has been operating aircraft carriers for the last 40 years and India has 2 carriers now.... 13 aircrafts carriers each having 80 fighter aircraft vs Chinese having 1 carrier with 30 aircrafts..hahaha Chinese will be fried.... and one more don't say to me that by 2025 Chinese will have 3... China will be finished even before 2025.
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