Vietnam wants Astra Mk1 BVRAAMs for its Su-30Mk2 Fleet

As a further boost to its growing defense ties with Vietnam and India might see further collaboration on defense programs. Vietnam which operates Russian Sukhoi-30 jets in a slightly different configuration is considering opting for Indian developed Astra Mk1 beyond visual range air to air missile to replace its Vympel NPO R-77 missile across its Sukhoi 30MK2 fleet.

India recently cleared home grown Astra Mk1 with a range of 110km for operational use from the two frontline Sukhoi-30MKI squadrons and recently placed the first massive orders for the missile system to replace Vympel NPO R-77 missile across the 250 plus Sukhoi 30MKI fleet in multiple phases.

India and Vietnam in past have collaborated in the training of pilots and ground crew training in the maintenance of the Sukhoi-30 fleet. Vietnam might look to India in the future for the upgradation of Indian systems for its Sukhoi-30MK2 fleet, if the arms embargo, on Russian companies is not removed soon.

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