Russia Sells Second Batch of Gepard-Class Frigates to Vietnam

first_img View post tag: Vietnam Industry news Vietnam tied a contract with Rosoboronexport for delivery of an additional 2-ship batch of Project Gepard 3.9 frigates, reports Interfax referring to Sergei Rudenko, deputy director for foreign economic affairs of JSC Zelenodolsk Shipyard. According to him, in contrast to the first two Vietnamese frigates armed with missile systems, the second pair will be “antisubmarine-oriented”.Vietnam purchased first two Project Gepard 3.9 frigates in 2006; the last one was delivered in March 2011. In Vietnamese Navy, the ships obtained names of Dinh Tien Hoang and Ly Thai To. Displacement of such frigate is 2,100 tons. She is armed with antiship missile system, one 76.2-mm and two 30-mm gun mounts. Gepard-class frigate is equipped with heliport for Ka-28 or Ka-31 helicopters.Through recent years, Vietnam has tied a number of contracts with Russia for delivery of surface ships and submarines for the national naval force. In particular, in 2005 Vietnam bought twelve Project 12418 boats and began licensed production in the fall of 2010. Vietnam purchased six Project 636 Varshavyanka diesel electric submarines from Russia in 2009 for $1.8 bln. Besides, in Apr 2011 Russia agreed with Vietnam to deliver spare parts, tools and accessories for repair of navy-related equipment.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , December 08, 2011; Image:  komandomiliter View post tag: Russia View post tag: Second View post tag: Batch View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Gepard-Class View post tag: Frigatescenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy Russia Sells Second Batch of Gepard-Class Frigates to Vietnam December 8, 2011 View post tag: sells Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia Sells Second Batch of Gepard-Class Frigates to Vietnam Share this articlelast_img read more

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Blavatnik professor resigns over donor’s links to Trump

first_imgAn Oxford academic has resigned his post as Professor of Government and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government after the university failed to address his concerns that his job title was lending credibility to Donald Trump’s policies.Bo Rothstein, a Swedish political scientist, raised the issue with the University earlier this month after learning that Ukrainian-born millionaire Leonard Blavatnik, who donated £75 million to set up the Blavatnik School of Government in 2015, had given $1 million to President Trump’s inauguration committee.In his resignation letter, Rothstein said: “As I see it, Donald Trump’s policies are antithetical to the goal of the Blavatnik School of Government, which aims to improve the quality of government and public policymaking worldwide.”Rothstein told Cherwell that: “I find it impossible to defend giving credibility and legitimacy to a person who supports a regime that is 100 percent opposed to what I have found in my research and what I try to teach students.”Yet when Rothstein raised the issue with the leadership of the Blavatnik School early in August, he did not feel he was being taken seriously.“They said Mr Blavatnik gives money to this and that…and it is not for us to have an opinion about it.“If the leadership had said, yes, this is a serious problem, and we have to have a very serious discussion with Mr Blavatnik about it, because it is threatening the legitimacy of the School, it would have been different.“If they had said, we have to do something, because this goes against the values and ethical standards of the School, I would have participated in that discussion. But the leadership decided to ignore the problem. They did not seem to care much about this problem.”Rothstein maintains that: “I don’t have a problem with Oxford…Oxford is a wonderful university. But this position is not for me.”A university spokesman said: “We are unclear why he [Rothstein] has resigned over political donations made by Sir Leonard Blavatnik, which are completely unconnected to the Blavatnik School of Government.”last_img read more

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