India is likely to sell its BrahMos missiles to Vietnam, indicating growing defense cooperation between the two countries. It is reported that Vietnam is expected to order between three to five units of BrahMos missiles, with each battery priced at approximately $125 million. Therefore, the potential deal could range between $375 million and $625 million, depending on the number of units Vietnam intends to acquire.
This follows India’s successful sale of three units of BrahMos missiles to the Philippines in the previous year for $375 million. The BrahMos missiles are known for their versatility, precision, and supersonic speed, making them highly advanced anti-ship and land-attack missiles.
In addition to Vietnam, Indonesia has also expressed interest in acquiring BrahMos missiles, highlighting the increasing demand and appeal of this Indio-Russian collaboration.
The timing of this potential deal is significant as it coincides with Vietnam’s Defense Minister Phan Văn Giang’s visit to New Delhi on 19 June. The visit provides an opportunity for both countries to strengthen their bilateral relations and enhance their defense capabilities.
BrahMos missiles are a result of a joint venture between India’s DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) and Russia’s NPOM (NPO Mashinostroyeniya). BrahMos has gained significant attention from countries seeking to enhance their defense capabilities due to its supersonic speed, precision guidance, and versatility.
India’s growing role as a major exporter of defense equipment is further highlighted by the potential sale of BrahMos missiles to Vietnam. This deal has the potential to deepen strategic ties between the two nations and contribute to a stronger defense network in Southeast Asia as they both aim for stability and security in the region.