Vietnam receives second Kilo-class sub this month

(VOV) – Russia is scheduled to hand over its second Kilo-class submarine named Ho Chi Minh City to Vietnam later this month.

Russia’s largest news agency RIA Novosti quoted a spokesperson of the Russia Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) as saying a document to this effect will be signed in St. Petersburg in late January.

Hanoi leaders made a tour of the first submarine at Cam Ranh port on January 9 (Photo:QDND)

Hanoi leaders made a tour of the first submarine at Cam Ranh port on January 9 (Photo:QDND)

The second submarine is being given a test run, and after it passes technical tests, it will be transported to an unknown place in Vietnam via the Baltic Sea.

The first vessel, named Hanoi, was transported to Vietnam’s Cam Ranh port and was launched on January 3. It made the first maiden voyage on January 8 and returned to Cam Ranh port safely after a four-hour technical test.

RIA Novosti reported Russia is due to hand over the third such sub to Vietnam in 2014.

Vietnam is purchasing six Russia submarines under a 2009 contract signed during Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to Moscow.

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