French want to sell Gowind frigate for Vietnam?

Airbus Helicopter, French naval company DCNS and European missile-maker MBDA are looking to win contracts from Hanoi, the executive said. Italy is also looking to win deals with Vietnam.

However, this is the first time have information about the prestigious shipyards of France - DCNS is trying to win in contracts builds warships for Vietnam. And although there are no details, but can predict that, DCNS would offer to Vietnam buy Gowind class advanced stealth frigates .

Prediction was made on the basis, in the framework of celebrating 30 years of diplomatic ties Vietnam - France, Paris celebrated frigate L'Adroit (Gowind class) to visit the port of Hai Phong Vietnam's in May 2013.

The Vietnamese Navy wants to buy Mica vertical launch surface-to-air missiles and Exocet MM40 Block III anti-ship weapons from MBDA to arm two Sigma corvettes from Dutch warship builder Damen, La Tribune reported.

MBDA declined comment. Hanoi seeks to secure loans at a low rate, the executive said.

Vietnam has bought Russian Kilo-class submarines and Airbus Defence and Space’s C-212 aircraft for maritime patrol and surveillance missions.

Reflecting a toughening of bilateral relations, Vietnamese government-owned media for the first time recently carried stories of China’s 1974 seizure of the Paracel islands in the South China Sea, in which dozens of soldiers of the then-South Vietnamese Army lost their lives, BBC reported.

In Vietnamese history, the southeast Asian nation saw itself as the smaller dragon fighting for independence from China, the greater dragon.

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