A PLAN MADE DECADE AGO
India communicate interest in selling Brahmos anti-ship cruise missiles to Vietnam in 2011
Since 2014, the government has been in discussions with Vietnam to supply it the BrahMos anti-ship cruise missile with a 292 km range, as part of New Delhi’s proliferating bilateral strategic and military ties with Vietnam and to counter an increasingly militarist Mainland China.
WHY WOULD VIETNAME WANT BRAHMOS?
Primarily to stop Chinese harassment of the Vietnamese navy in the South China Sea
Brahmos would keep Chinese warships at bay
WHY WOULD INDIA WANT TO SELL BRANMOS TO VIETNAM?
This can counter the Chinese military assistance of Pakistan
Although Vietnam can never be to India what Pakistan is to China, it can still help create some leverage for India
The late defence minister Manohar Parrikar held extensive consultations with his Vietnamese counterpart, General Ngo Xuan Lich, in VIETNAM in June 2016 on transferring BrahMos to its long-standing ally in south-east Asia.
These talks included the option of stationing a team of Indian technicians in VIETNAM to provide the Vietnamese military instruction on the BrahMos missile.
POST GALWAN VALLEY INCIDENT
In a post Galwan valley incident scenario it is about time that India considers to finally push through the Brahmos missile deal
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