Russia ready to supply Club-class missiles for Vietnam-bound frigates

Russia will deliver two Gerpard-class 3.9 frigates to Vietnam in 2016.

The Gepard [Cheetan] frigate seen at Zelenodolsk shipyard in Tatarstan. Source: TASS/ Yegor Aleyev

Russia is ready to equip the Gepard-class 3.9 frigates for Vietnam with Club-class cruise missile systems, Sergei Rudenkodirector of Zelenodolsk shipbuilding plant said, according to Sputnik News.

"If the Vietnamese partners want to install Club missiles (on the frigates), we are ready to provide them with these weapons," Rudenko was cited by the news agency as saying.

Russia is due to deliver two Project 11661 or Gepard-class frigates to Vietnam in 2016.  These frigates are equipped with Russian Uran anti-ship missiles, according to the report. Vietnam is likely to ask for Club missiles, which can be used to hit both surface and ground targets.


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The Gepard [Cheetah] frigate seen at Zelenodolsk shipyard in Tatarstan. credit Yegor Aleyev/TASS

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