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During a regular press conference of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang was asked by a reporter to confirm whether Vietnam has taken delivery of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles from India.

Le Thi Thu Hang said: “The comprehensive strategic partnership Vietnam – India has been actively developing in many fields such as economics, trade, investment, culture and education and national security. Defense and security cooperation between the two countries makes practical contribution to the peace, stability, cooperation and development of the region and the world. It is also important to emphasize that we maintain our policy of peaceful defense and self-defense. The purchase of Vietnam’s defense equipment is in line with the defense policy of peace and self-defense and is a normal defense of the country.”

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The world's fastest anti-ship cruise missile will bolster the country's 'peaceful' defense policies.
Vietnam's government has confirmed it has taken delivery of a batch of short-range ramjet supersonic cruise missiles from India.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a press briefing on Thursday that Vietnam is developing defense cooperation with India to allow the country to pursue its defense policies.

“The arms purchase is in line with Vietnam’s peaceful national defense policies aimed at protecting the country,” Hang said.

She said the strategic comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and India is growing in various areas and contributing to peace, stability and development in the region and the world.

The BrahMos missile was developed by Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia and India’s Defense Research and Development Organization. It is the world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile in operation, traveling at speeds of 3,400-3,700 kilometers per hour.

The three-ton missiles can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land.

India has already supplied patrol vessels to Vietnam and has been providing military training, but the missiles are the first arms trade deal between the two countries.

Details of the value of the deal have not been revealed.

Vietnam is building up its military amid tensions in the disputed East Sea, which is known internationally as the South China Sea. The country has also ordered six Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines from Russia in a deal worth $2 billion. The latest arrived last January.

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