Vietnam building Russian designed missile boats to counter China

By Duy Khanh, Thanh Nien News

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Vietnam’s High Naval Command held a conference on Tuesday to review the construction of two Tarantul-Class corvettes. Rear Admiral Nguyen Van Ninh, Deputy Commander of the Vietnam People’s Navy, attended the event. Photos: Duy Khanh

The conference involved an in-depth review of the process and provided advice for completing the rest of the boats detailed in the contract.

The HQ-377 and HQ-378 were ordered as part of a 2009 plan to build six Project 1241.8 Molniya (Lightning) missile boats at the Ba Son Shipyard in Ho Chi Minh City with the assistance of Almaz Central Design Bureau in Russia.

The Ba Son Shipyard coordinated with the Ministry of Defense, the People’s Navy and Russian experts to build the vessels which were completed in April and delivered in June in accordance with the contract.

The corvettes were delivered to Vietnam People’s Navy in June of 2014.

The missile boats have a maximum speed of 38 miles per hour.

The vessels conducted live-fire tests of their weapons systems prior to delivery.

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