SOUTH CHINA SEA — Vietnam has positioned state-of-the-art rocket artillery systems into five of their Spratly Island military bases in disputed the South China Sea, reported Reuters, citing Western officials.
Reportedly bought from Israel, the Extended Range Artillery Rocket (EXTRA) system attacks enemy targets via a drone targeting system.
According to specifications from the system manufacturer, Israeli Military Industries, the 150-kg warheads can strike targets up to 150 km away.
Chinese runways and military installations on the Subi, Fiery Cross and Mischief Reef would fall within range of the rocket systems, Reuters reports.
Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry told the Reuters news agency that the information was “inaccurate”, but didn’t elaborate further.