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First Made-in-Vietnam warship unveiled
 
Vietnam’s first locally-made artillery ship TT400TP was formally unveiled at state factory Z173 in the northern city of Hai Phong, marking a new step in the country’s defense industry.

Vietnam’s first locally-made artillery ship TT400TP was formally unveiled at state factory Z173 in the northern city of Hai Phong, marking a new step in the country’s defense industry.


 
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World Navy Force News - Vietnam
 
 
 
First Made-in-Vietnam warship unveiled
 
Vietnam’s first locally-made artillery ship TT400TP was formally unveiled at state factory Z173 in the northern city of Hai Phong, marking a new step in the country’s defense industry.

On the morning of September 27, Colonel Nguyen Van Dac, political commissar of the Hong Ha ship-building plant, received a phone call saying: “Dear political commissar, all weapons and equipment on the warship successfully shot their targets.”

He immediately informed the good news to others in happy tears.

Thousands of staff, engineers, and workers in the factory have long waited for this historical moment.

“To their surprise, foreign experts said it usually took several times for a newly-made warship in their countries to successfully hit a target. But this made-in-Vietnam ship opened fire accurately on its first time,” Dac proudly said.
     
Vietnam’s first locally-made artillery ship TT400TP was formally unveiled at state factory Z173 in the northern city of Hai Phong, marking a new step in the country’s defense industry.
Vietnam’s first locally-made artillery ship TT400TP was formally unveiled at state factory Z173 in the northern city of Hai Phong, marking a new step in the country’s defense industry.
The new locally made TT400TP Artillery Ship (pictures: Seameco)
     
After being appointed as director of factory Z173 seven years ago, the only concern of Nguyen Van Cuong was whether to manufacture a warship or buy one from foreign countries.

Two years later, the factory’s management board decided to build a modern warship by themselves from preliminary design and weapons bought abroad.

“This ship just costs us around US$1 million while a similar warship on the global market costs up to US$10 million. So we save up to 90 percent,” Cuong said.

Hundreds of the best engineers in the factory had been trained abroad for three years to learn technologies needed to build the ship, Cuong added.


The TT400TP was created to undertake four missions: destroy enemy warships, protect army bases of landing crafts, protect civilian vessels, and for patrolling purposes.

The ship, which is 54.16m long and 9.16m wide, has a maximum speed of 32 nautical miles per hour. It is able to continuously operate offshore for 30 days and nights at sustained winds of force 9 and waves of force 8. The ship has an operating range of 2,500 miles.

This will contribute to strengthening the naval force and mark a new step in Vietnam’s technology of warship building to contribute to the protection of national sovereignty, said Colonel Cao Hoa Binh, chairman of the Naval Technology Department.
From: http://www.seameco.com.vn/en/News-Events/Other-News/Made-In-Vietnam-Battleship-Unveiled/