Vietnam to buy more Russian Gepard-class warships hinh anh 1A Gepard-3.9 frigate (Source: Sputnik)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam and Russia are discussing the building of two more Gepard-3.9 ships for the Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN), the local news website Sputnik quoted the Russian Rostex Group as saying on May 29.

The two countries are talking about the building of the fifth and sixth Gepard-3.9 frigates for the VPN in Zelenodolsk, Rostex said.

Previously on May 26, the fourth of its kind was launched at a ceremony in the Zelenodolsk shipyard.

Having a displacement of approximately 2,000 tonnes, the Gepard-3.9 is able to operate for 45 days at sea and travel up to 5,000 nautical miles (9,000km).

It can also be used for non-military purposes, such as search and rescue, fighting pirates and illegal fishing activities, and assisting vessels in distress.-VNA