India to Test Nuclear-Capable Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile In fact, India has been helping Vietnam’s defence modernization when it is trying in confrontation with China on the South China Sea issue. It recently underwrote the costs of four patrol boats that it will build especially for Vietnam. Akash is a medium range air-to-air missile system developed by India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). Akash has the capacity to destroy targets up to 30 km away. Initially, India will supply the missiles off-the-shelf to Vietnam and could later into a joint production arrangement.
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