Vietnam has provided neighbouring Cambodia with USD22 million in credit to support the military modernisation efforts of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF).
Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communication said on its Bao Dat Viet news service on 6 September that funding had been made available to the RCAF to buy unspecified defence equipment, and enhance military training and healthcare.
Some of the funding was also allocated to the construction of an air defence command headquarters for the RCAF in Phnom Penh and the development of RCAF topography capabilities.
Details about the equipment to be transferred to the RCAF were not disclosed, although it is possible, given the development of air defence capabilities, that the arrangement includes Cambodia’s purchase of Vietnamese anti-aircraft weaponry, related spare parts, or ammunition.
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