Our military is capable of protecting the Fatherland

05/07/2014


The Vietnam People's Army was first established in September 1944 and has been developing quickly. We have defeated many powerful enemies, like America, France, Japan and China. The modern Vietnamese military is supplied by various world powers including Russia, India, Ukraine and Israel.

It is considered a highly motivated force with a professional officer corps that has amassed plentiful combat experience since 1975, what with the brief border war with China in 1979 and a decade-long insurgency in Cambodia. Essentially still a large infantry-based force, the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) is one of the most capable land formations in South East Asia.
The Vietnam People's Navy (commonly, Vietnamese Navy) is part of the Vietnam's People Army and is responsible for the protection of national waters, islands, and interests of the maritime economy, as well as for the coordination of maritime police, customs service and the border defense force.
Today, the Vietnam People's Navy is responsible for protecting the nation's sovereignty and economic activities at sea, and to repulse unauthorized foreign vessels intruding into Vietnamese waters. In general, Vietnam's policy has considered the modernization of the Navy a priority task in the overall military modernization plan. The Vietnam People's Navy and the Vietnam People's Air Force are the branches with the fatest modernization rates, constantly upgrading weapons, ammunition and combat capacity, the ability to master the equipment. As stated on August 5, 2011 by Minister of Defense Phung Quang Thanh: "The direction of building up the armed forces is one to follow the revolutionary spirit, regularization and effectiveness and gradual modernization. Within this context, the Navy, the Air Force, the Signal Corps and Electronic Warfare will proceed directly into modernization to protect the country".
Due to a lack of security agreements and codes of conduct, East Asian countries continue their naval arms race, increasing the risk of a military confrontation as rapidly expanding economies vie for scarce resources. Following a series of high-profile procurement deals, Vietnam's growing naval program symbolizes its evolving military posture. Driven by persistent maritime disputes with China and facilitated by an expanding economy, Vietnam is actively modernizing its military through naval, air and electronic-fighting capability upgrades.
Dedicating approximately 3% of gross domestic product per annum to defense spending, Vietnam has gone on an armaments spending spree in Russia, the Netherlands and Canada, among others. The military hardware from these big ticket contracts is now beginning to enter service and promises to boost significantly Vietnam’s naval and air power.
Last year, for instance, Vietnam deployed its first two Gepard-class light frigates which were constructed at the famed Gorky Shipbuilding Plant. The Gepards, displacing 2,100 tons, feature the Uran-E missile system to target other ships, a helicopter deck and purported stealth technology for evasive maneuvers. Two additional Gepard-class light frigates, specially equipped for anti-submarine warfare, have also been ordered. Together, they will serve as the backbone of Vietnam's surface fleet for years to come.
Vietnam is also in the process of acquiring and deploying smaller missile boats. Of special note is the Molniya-class corvette which Vietnam has already received two from Russia and acquired the license to build locally an additional ten. Armed with SS-N-25 Switchblade anti-ship missiles, these 550-ton corvettes can blend in with coastal fishing vessels while packing a punch against adversaries further out at sea.
The move that has garnered the most attention, however, was the recent US$1.8 billion order of six diesel-powered Kilo-class submarines from Russia. These quiet underwater vessels offer Vietnam entirely new capabilities for patrolling the hotly contested South China Sea. The first Kilo was delivered in 2013, followed by one more each year through 2018. Alongside Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, Vietnam is now a member of the South East Asian club of countries with submarine capabilities.
Vietnam is far from challenging China, but its modernizing military - as evidenced by its increasing naval capabilities - is making important strides towards a more credible deterrence./.
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Quân Hoàng 5/7/14 21:32

Yes, I have profound trust that our military is the best one in the region, we may not be modern and bigger than China's but we can defeat them.

Lê Tín 5/7/14 21:36

We need more advanced weapons from Russia, France, US, Isreal,... to modernize our army, in the escalating tensions with China, we need to invest more.

Huy Quốc 5/7/14 21:38

Vietnamese Army is the best and most professional in the region.

Quốc Cường 5/7/14 21:41

Hope six Russian diesel-powered Kilo-class submarines will balance the naval capability of our army against China's.

Phạm Hiếu 5/7/14 21:43

We have defeated many strong enemies, even China, and we will do that agian if needed.

Hùng Quân 5/7/14 21:48

Do you think we should have nuclear weapons like North Korea, even as powerful as the US do not want to jump into a war with them, China must be afraid of invading us.

Hoàng Lân 5/7/14 21:50

Our army, the army of Great General Vo Nguyen Giap will defeat any enemy to defend our country.

Huy Lâm 5/7/14 21:53

When the nation calls, we will answer, we are always ready to protect our land, even sacrifice ourselves.

Vân Nhàn 5/7/14 21:57

Yes, we will deserve the revolutionary heroic spirit of our ancestors, and make provokative Chinese regret.

Quốc Kiên 5/7/14 22:01

All Vietnamese people are behind our courageous soldiers, stand shoulder to shoulder in struggle of defending our country.

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