India Offers Indigenous Surface-To-Air Akash Missile Systems To Vietnam
According to latest reports from Times of India, India has reportedly offered Vietnam our indigenous surface-to-air Akash missile systems. Over the last two years the relationship between India and Vietnam has been on the rise and after the state visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Hanoi in September 2016 steps have been taken to deepen military ties with our South East Asia neighbor. If this goes any further Vietnam would acquire a very potent anti-aircraft missile that can intercept and shoot down hostile aircraft, helicopters, and drones at distance of 25 kilometers.
Earlier India had also offered Vietnam d BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles and Varunastra anti-submarine torpedoes. This has been done because China has been flexing its muscles in the South China Sea and that has made Vietnam a very nervous nation fearing for its independence. Already our Air Force has been training their pilots on its Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets for the last three years. Since India is a signatory of the missile technology control regime (MTCR) we can legally transfer the technology and set up production centers in Vietnam.
This news will surely cause China some worries because it has practically no friends in that region and that is why it has been pushing very hard for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to be set up in Balochistan. But losing any ground in the South China Sea will also undermine its strength so now China is a quagmire. Already it expressed displeasure over India testing its Agni-V missile test that can easily hit any target in China and with growing ties with Vietnam will cause further tension but this is necessary for the joint security of both nations.