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Vietnam to get first Russian-built sub in 2013

Vietnam to get first Russian-built sub in 2013 01.11.2010
Text: Lenta.Ru
Photo: Project 636 Varshavyanka diesel electric submarine. armybase.us
First Project 636 Varshavyanka diesel electric submarine for Vietnamese Navy will be completed in 2013, reported ITAR-TASS citing Sergei Smirnov, deputy director of Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering. Expectedly, the sub will be delivered to the orderer at the same time. It is not specified when Vietnam would receive all subs bought from Russia.

Vietnam purchased six Project 636 submarines late 2009. The $1.8 bln contract is implemented by Admiralteyskie Verfi shipyard which is said capable to deliver one submarine per year thanks to approved production process of Project 636 subs. Thus, Vietnam would get the last submarine in 2018.

At present, Vietnam does not have submarine fleet in inventory; Project 636 vessels will be first submarines in its national navy. In March 2010 Russian defense minister Anatoly Serdiukov declared that Russian Navy would help Vietnam to establish a submarine basing site. Russia may give Vietnam a credit to be spent on construction of naval base, purchase of various warships and naval aircrafts.

Displacement of Project 636 Varshavyanka submarines makes 3,950 tons; max speed is 20 knots; endurance is 45 days. Armament includes six 533-mm torpedo tubes also capable to lay mines and launch cruise missiles.

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