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Two warships built with Russian technology delivered to Vietnam’s navy

Two more fast-attack missile ships of the Molniya class built in Vietnam under a Russian technology transfer contract were handed over to the Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN) during a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday.

Two more fast-attack missile ships of the Molniya class built in Vietnam under a Russian technology transfer contract were handed over to the Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN) during a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday.
Two more fast-attack missile ships of the Molniya class built in Vietnam under a Russian technology transfer contract were handed over to the Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN) during a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday.

The Ba Son Shipbuilding Corporation, under the Ministry of Defense, transferred the warships to the High Command of the VPN at the Ba Son shipyard.

After receiving the ships, coded HQ379 and HQ380, a representative of the High Command handed the keys of the vessels to Brigade 167 of Naval Zone 2.

The warships are the third and fourth of the six Molniya-class vessels designed on the basis of a Russian version under a technology transfer agreement signed by Vietnam and Russia in 2009.

Like the first two Molniya-class missile warships, which were made available last year, the two new vessels are equipped with advanced weapons and state-of-the-art functions.

They can operate at sea for 10 straight days despite winds as strong as 74kph and are able to attack targets both in the air and on the sea.

Lễ bàn giao tàu tên lửa - Ảnh: Quang Định

A scene of the ceremony held in the Ba Son shipyard in Ho Chi Minh City on June 2, 2015 to hand over two warships built in Vietnam with a Russian technology to the Vietnam People’s Navy. Photo: Tuoi Tre

In addition to a modern radar system that can track targets accurately, each of the warships is equipped with 16 sea-to-sea Uran-E missiles arranged into four modules for launch on each side with a range of 130 kilometers.

Each has two AK-630 ship-borne artillery systems with 4,000 shells each, which can fire 4,000-5,000 rounds per minute at a range of 4-5 kilometers, and an AK-176M automatic gun with a range of 15 kilometers for sea and land targets and 11 kilometers for air targets.

The two ships successfully passed a run test conducted by the VPN and the Ministry of Defense in April this year.

Speaking at the ceremony, Major General, Read Admiral Nguyen Van Ninh, Deputy Commander of the VPN, said, “The two ships are equipped with strong firepower from advanced weapons, and are of high mobility. They can effectively operate by themselves or in coordination with other forces.”

The first two Molniya-class warships, HQ377 and HQ378, were handed over to the VPN in July last year.

The last two will be given to the VPN in the second quarter of 2016.