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Missile technologies, artillery guns and unique ships: what North Korea and Vietnam can give Russia and what we can give them

Date: July 12, 2024 Time: 18:15:06

North Korean tank crews at a parade in Pyongyang.


“The Russian Federation does not rule out the development of military-technical cooperation with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in accordance with the document signed today (we are talking about the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Treaty – ed.),” Vladimir Putin said at a conference of press. Press conference after negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Similar documents will be signed in Vietnam.

So, what is meant by military-technical cooperation? Let’s figure it out.


North Korea is showing great interest in unique Russian missile technologies. In particular, many analysts highlight Kim Jong-un’s passion for technologies that make it possible to overcome the heating of missile warheads when entering the atmosphere from space. Our scientists are experts in this and can of course help our partners correct their work.

There was a time when there was a lot of talk that Pyongyang is actively working on its space program and that Russia could also help in this regard, in the creation of North Korean satellites.

Our factories are successfully launching ships one after another. And here we have something to teach our colleagues from a country that tries to do everything on its own, providing them with advances in shipbuilding (including submarines). The same situation occurs in aviation.

In addition, Moscow (according to Putin) is ready to offer Pyongyang “many interesting projects” in the field of transport and agriculture.

And North Korea’s infrastructure is its weak point. Russia is also ready to help in this regard, with its gigantic experience in railway and road construction.

Many analysts highlight Kim Jong-un’s passion for technologies that allow overheating of missile warheads when re-entering the atmosphere from space.



Pyongyang has a powerful military-industrial complex. The army of this country has thousands of modern drones, self-propelled artillery, multiple rocket launch systems, a huge arsenal of tactical missiles, rockets and artillery ammunition (Soviet caliber). All this, of course, would be useful for our army in the area of ​​​​the Northern Military District.

Furthermore, the DPRK has equipment that even the most advanced countries can envy. For example, the KN-25 600 mm multiple launch rocket system (!!!). This is a pretty formidable product. It combines the qualities and capabilities of multiple launch rocket systems, on the one hand, and operational-tactical class systems, on the other. The flight range of a guided projectile weighing 450 kg is up to 380 km. The deviation from the target center does not exceed 10 meters.

The KN-25 multiple launch rocket system is a formidable product.


And the DPRK army also has artillery pieces that surpass even some Russian ones in range and accuracy.

In addition, the Korean army has an almost inexhaustible supply of missiles for the BM-21 Grad systems, which in their design do not differ at all from the Soviet ones. And Pyongyang is willing to share all this “good.” Furthermore, not only with the combat iron, but also with the “builders”, who are extremely professional in the use of both the trowel and the Kalashnikov assault rifle…

The DPRK military has amassed a nearly inexhaustible supply of missiles for the BM-21 Grad systems.



Putin will go to Vietnam immediately after the DPRK. And we also have strong and long-standing ties with this East Asian country.

Russia traditionally supplies metals and products made from them (machinery and equipment) to Vietnam. Food products and agricultural raw materials, mineral resources and products of the chemical industry are used.

As for the prospects for Russian-Vietnamese military-technical cooperation, it is too early to talk about it until the end of Putin’s visit to Hanoi and the official announcement of contract documents (and not all of them will be announced).

But Hanoi is known to be strengthening and modernizing its army and navy. Because his requests are serious. Vietnamese specialists continue to show interest in our diesel-electric submarines, frigates and missile boats, and are studying combat aircraft and air defense systems.

By the way, as for missile boats, Russia has already organized the construction of six such boats in Vietnam.

In general, Russia has been cooperating closely with Vietnam in the military sphere for many years. In addition, we are the main supplier of weapons and military equipment there. We have a large contract for the supply of a batch of Su-30MK2 multi-role fighters (estimated at approximately $1 billion) and six diesel-electric submarines of Project 636.1 Varshavyanka (approximately $2 billion). And in 2019 a contract was signed for the purchase of at least 12 Yak-130 combat training aircraft. The amount of this contract exceeds 350 million dollars.

A recent report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) says that in 2014-2018 Vietnam ranked fourth among importers of Russian weapons, although in the following four years the volume of purchases decreased by 91%. Because? – Washington’s pressure on Hanoi. Putin will probably also discuss this issue with Vietnamese leaders.

Well, as for entering into specific new contracts, both parties agreed not to disclose it; both the United States and China are too jealous of this…


If you think that Russia only imports “Red Star” ointment or beach slippers from Vietnam, you are deeply mistaken. We mainly receive machinery, equipment, textiles and footwear, food products and agricultural products.


During Soviet times, economic and military-technical relations between Moscow, Pyongyang and Hanoi developed rapidly in all directions. There was even a period when the armies of North Korea and Vietnam were almost 95% equipped with Soviet military equipment.

What can I say? The USSR was the first country to recognize the DPRK; This already means a lot.

There was a time when the Soviet Union was Vietnam’s main trading partner and carried out large infrastructure projects in the country: the country’s largest hydroelectric power station on the Black River (this is not the Black River where Pushkin was assassinated, but his, the Vietnamese). It was built by the Soviet Union.

But after the fall of the USSR, something changed: Russia, for example, for some “economic reasons,” abandoned the Cam Ranh naval base. But Hanoi did not stop selling its weapons, although the United States did everything possible to prevent this: on May 23, 2016, during Barack Obama’s visit to Vietnam, it was announced that the embargo on the supply of weapons to Vietnam would be completely lifted. this country. But the Americans charged such a price for their equipment that the Vietnamese generals “lost their appetite.”

According to the UN Register of Conventional Arms, in 1995-2015. Vietnam bought abroad:

– 5 armored combat vehicles,

– 69 aircraft,

– 8 warships (including submarines),

– 143 missile systems.

In addition, Vietnam continues to purchase military products from Russia. But far from being in Soviet quantities.

So both sides have something to discuss. Experts believe that the key issues in the negotiations will likely be energy projects and, of course, military projects.

And Vietnam experts also say that Vietnam will make final decisions based not only on its own interests, but also on the interests of the United States and China.

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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