New Delhi: Countering China’s increasing leadership in Asia, the Modi-led government on June 3 decided to clear the sale of its supersonic BrahMos cruise missiles to Vietnam.

Vietnam has been eyeing the missile for over 5 years now, but the earlier UPA government had been reluctant to go ahead with the nod fearing Chinese objection.

The Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on June 3 will begin his 5-day visit to Singapore and Vietnam. The main highlight of the minister’s visit would be talks on the sale of BrahMos missiles.

Praveen Pathak, spokesman for BrahMos Aerospace said, “We expect friendly nations – with whom neither India nor Russia have a conflict – to show an interest in buying these missiles.”

‘BrahMos’ is basically a supersonic anti-ship missile which was developed jointly by New Delhi and Moscow. The missile is considered one of the most effective and lethal anti-ship missiles in any nation’s inventory, almost entirely due to its high speed.



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