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Russia's Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed Defense Ministry official as saying Russia will sell Vietnam six diesel-electric "Project 636" Varshavyanka submarines for a total of $2 billion. The submarines are also known by their NATO nickname, "Kilos."
Interfax also quoted an unidentified Russian official as saying that Vietnam would purchase 12 more Sukhoi Su-30MK2 fighter jets for $600 million, in addition to eight others it has already ordered.
Several Vietnamese lawmakers have recently called for the modernization of Vietnam's modest navy. The deal comes amid rising tensions between Vietnam and China over the Spratly and Paracel islands in the South China Sea.
Vietnam also invited Russia to help build its first nuclear power plant, the Web site said, providing no further details. Vietnam hopes to begin construction of the plant in 2014 and put it on line by 2020.
Vietnamese officials could not be reached for comment Wednesday
Russian Defense Ministry officials could not be reached Wednesday for comment on the report
Gee I wonder what Vietnam vets would make of that .
Originally posted by C0bzz
As nations such as Vietnam develop, it is only logical for them to upgrade and procure new military equipment. 20 aircraft is by no means very significant, either.