Russia’s Zelenodolsk shipyard will deliver two Gepard-class frigates to Vietnam in August and September this year, Russian news agency TASS has reported.
“We are currently building two ships for Vietnam. The first frigate has already been put afloat. The second vessel will be floated out on May 25,” the shipyard’s CEO Renat Mistakhov said on Tuesday, as quoted by TASS.
“We will deliver the two frigates to Vietnam in August and September," he said.
The Zelenodolsk shipyard delivered two Gepard-class frigates to the Vietnamese navy in 2011 under a US$350 million contract. These vessels were named after Dinh Tien Hoang and Ly Thai To, two beloved kings who ruled the nation in the 10th and 11th centuries.
The two latest vessels of the Gepard-class reportedly will be fitted with an enhanced anti-submarine warfare suit. They will also feature modern electronic warfare and sonar suits and a flight deck.