Kilo 636-class submarine (photo : China Daily)
A source from the Russian Rubin Central Design Bureau told Kanwa that ADMIR Shipyard in St. Petersburg will build all x KILO 636 submarines for Vietnam. The basic features of the KILO636 subs to be built for the Vietnamese Navy will be the same as the KILO636s of the Indian and PLA navies.
Vietnam to buy Russian Kilo-class Submarine Costs Rose Nearly Twice
24 Juni 2010
’Yugo’ type midget sub Dimensions: L 20m, W 2m, Displacement 90t (submerged), Speed : 10kts surfaced, 4 kts submerged, Armament: 2 x533-mm externally-mounted torpedoes in drop gear in some variants, possibly torpedo tubes in some and none in infiltration variants (image : egloos)
According to "Jane's Navy International," 2010, Vietnam plans to report 6 monthly to buy six Russian "Kilo" class (636 items) diesel-electric submarines, the cost is expected to more than 3.2 billion U.S. dollars, will be Russia's largest naval export contracts.
Russia News Agency report quoted the Russian Centre for Strategic and technical analysis, six submarines of the construction cost will be more than 2.1 billion U.S. dollars, and weapons and equipment, infrastructure and other equipment costs that need further 1.1 billion. Latest figures much higher than the December 2009 contract signed between Vietnam and Russia, 18 billion offer.
Vietnam can afford the cost of all six submarines is not clear, Vietnam may enter into swap agreements, such as Vietnam, the oil, increasing debt and compensation agreements.
New submarines from Russia Petersburg naval shipyard, be delivered a year. Project 636 submarines than the existing "Kilo" class submarines improved to 1.2 meters long, with better quiet of the abolition of the submarine front of the water hole, covered by multi-hull rubber anechoic tiles.
Neighbors in Southeast Asia growing underwater force, Vietnam decided to purchase a complete submarine fleet, at present Vietnam has two "high-yu" (Yugo) class mini submarines. Malaysia started the deployment of two French built Scorpene class submarine of the first one; Singapore from Sweden to purchase two modern modified "Västergötland" (Vastergotland) class submarine AIP; Indonesian plans to purchase new submarines replace the aging German production Cakra class (209) submarines; Thailand is considering purchasing two old submarines.
To buy six submarines will enable the Navy to keep two submarines on patrol in Vietnam, two submarines in port, two submarines to maintain, to force the Vietnamese to become the strongest in the region one of the countries under water.
Vietnam also plans to purchase from Russia, Svetlyak class patrol boat (Project 1041.2) and Gepard class frigate.