KUALA LUMPUR: The impending arrival of the Perdana Menteri class submarines apparently has spooked some of our neighbours. Who else will follow us into the submarine route? If they only know that we lack the will and smarts to properly fund our armed forces, they might just ignore our seasonal procurement and concentrate on getting the good stuff.
It must be noted that the Vietnamese are also buying new ships for its navy, thanks largely to its economic miracle for the last 10 years. It is the first Asean country to field the Flanker and it also has at least two regiments of the S300 SAM.
Vietnam to Purchase 6 Russian Subs: Report
MOSCOW – Russia will build six submarines for the Vietnamese navy, the daily Kommersant reported April 27.
The St Petersburg naval dockyard Admiralteyskye verfi and Vietnam will shortly sign the contract, worth $1.8 billion, the report said, quoting sources close to Russian arms export agency Rosoboronexport.
It gave no time frame.
“Initially it was expected that the submarines would be bought by Venezuela, but Rosoboronexport refused to clinch the deal with that country, largely due to a recent meeting between Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his American counterpart Barack Obama,” Kommersant said.
Chavez, a ferocious foe of the United States under the George W. Bush presidency, showed signs of warming to Obama during the Americas conference earlier this month, telling the new U.S. president: “I want to be your friend.”
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