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By the Numbers: Vietnam and the Philippines strengthen Air and Sea Capabilities

Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu met with Vietnamese defense minister Phung Quang Thanh in Hanoi on March 5 to discuss strengthening maritime defense ties between their two countries. Following Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida’s January visit to Manila, the Philippines announced on February 11 that Japan will be donating ships to the Philippine Coast Guard in an effort to reinvigorate the bilateral security partnership. We look at the Philippines’ and Vietnam’s procurements and strengthening defense ties with their regional neighbors by the numbers:


Number of Varshavyanka class (aka Kilo class) diesel-electric submarines that Vietnam will acquire from Russia by 2018. According to a source from Russia, Vietnam will receive its first submarine this September. The second submarine will be finalized for transfer by the end of the year.


Length in feet of two Gepard stealth frigates that Vietnam has asked from Russia. During Shoigu’s visit, Thanh reportedly asked for an update on future defense procurements, including up to 24 Su-30 MK2 fighters, additional S300 advanced air defense missile systems, and military helicopters.


Number of Sukhoi Su-30 MK fighter aircraft that Vietnam has ordered from Russia since 2008.The twin-engine, two-seat maneuverable aircraft is a multi-role fighter for all-weather, air-to-air, and air-to-surface deep interdiction missions.


Cost of each patrol boat that the Philippine Coast Guard will receive from Japan. The Philippines asked for 10 patrol boats that will help with monitoring its seas and preventing intrusions into its maritime zones, according to Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez.


Budget for military training exercises with the Philippines as reported by the Japanese government. Philippines foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario said Japan’s military assistance is an important aspect of the two countries’ strategic partnership.

Courtesy: This post originally appeared on the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C. cogitASIA blog

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