Vietnam Claims Of Receiving BrahMos Cruise Missile From India, Latter Denies

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| August 18 , 2017 , 21:03 IST

After Vietnam claimed to have received BrahMos cruise missile from India on Friday, the country denied the reports saying the statement was purportedly made by their spokesperson.

After the reports of Vietnamese government confirming the acquisition ofBrahMos anti-ship cruise missile from India, at a time when India is already in conflict with China, which is also in conflict with Vietnam.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Vietnam has also clarified that there has been no sale of BrahMos missiles.

"I am sure all of you must have already received that clarification from Vietnam on the same matter. The statement was purportedly made by their spokesperson. Following that, there was a press release put out by the foreign ministry. They had clarified that their spokesperson did not confirm the sale of BrahMos but referred to defence and strategic cooperation between the two countries," the MEA spokesperson said.

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As per the official website of Vietnam's Foreign Ministry, in response to a question on whether BrahMos missiles have been delivered, their spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang had said the Vietnam-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership has been actively developing in many fields, economics, trade, investment, culture, education, security and defence.

She said the "bilateral security and defence ties have been making practical contribution to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world at large."

"It should be emphasized that Vietnam persistently pursues a national defence policy of peace and of self-defence. Procurement of defence equipment by Vietnam is consistent with the policy of peace and self-defence and is the normal practice in the national defence... We will forward your question to the relevant agency."

On Friday, a report in Vietnam Express said the missiles have been delivered. However, later the report was altered.

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India and Russia last year agreed in principal to export the jointly developed cruise missile. According to sources, a number of countries have expressed interest in buying the missile, but no deal has been inked yet.

Sources have earlier said talks were in advanced stage with UAE, Chile, South Africa, and Vietnam. Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had also said that India is keen on exporting the BrahMos missile.

The BrahMos is a short-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarine, ships, aircraft, or land. BrahMos Block-III however, is a joint Russian-Indian project, which is based on Russian P-800 Oniks missile. Block III had advanced guidance and upgraded software, incorporating high manoeuvres at multiple points and steep dive from high altitude.