OE Watch Commentary: On 8 February the Vietnamese-language website soha.vn published an article hailing the country’s military modernization. The article emphasizes the practical application of the military modernization for the country’s defense needs, including procuring 17 multi-purpose transport helicopters and new battle tanks. In addition, the article emphasizes self-reliance, noting that Vietnam has produced its own new weapons technologies. The article also mentions that procurement has been proportionate to the country’s national resources. It appears that the article is keen to also emphasize that the country is not overspending or spending wastefully on new weapons, equipment and technology alongside reports of ongoing research on new weapons.
The article also notes that Vietnamese soldiers underwent a number of simulations to prepare for real battles in harsh environments. The purpose of such simulations was not only to test new weapons and train in their use, but also to increase the speed and strength of combat units. The article does not refer to any specific conflicts for which Vietnam is preparing nor does it discuss any of the weapons that Vietnam has purchased from other countries, such as India. The purpose of the article, whose information came from a television program about military affairs, is to portray the military’s modernization as something about which Vietnamese citizens can be proud and also something that is being done responsibly in line with the country’s national nterests. It is notable that the article praises the Communist Party for its leadership in this regard. End OE Watch Commentary (Zenn)
To build up a regular, elite military in which troops advance directly towards modernity is a great policy of the Party and the State. While reinforcing national defense and security in accordance with the requirements of the new defense situation, Vietnam’s military modernization is proportional with its national resources. The army has concentrated on investing to equip and self-produce suitable weapons. The Ministry of Defense has also closely managed the procurement and manufacturing of new weapons.
The modernization of the army is accompanied by the need to promote the spirit of self-reliance. This has been done effectively by the military in the past several years.