3rd of six Canada-made amphibious aircraft arrives in Vietnam

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The third of six DHC-6 Twin Otter Vietnam contracted to buy from Canada

The third of six amphibious aircraft that the Vietnam Navy contracted to buy from Canada arrived at Cam Ranh Airport in south-central province of Khanh Hoa Monday, newswire Dat Viet reported.
The DHC-6 Twin Otter will be used by the Navy to conduct maritime patrols as well as search and rescue operation along its maritime waters.
In May 2010, the Vietnam People’s Navy signed a contract with Viking Air, the Canada-based private aircraft manufacturer, to buy six of the DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400, which is designed for a maximum speed of 314 kph and a flight range of 1,832 kilometers, and is powered by two high performance engines.
It can land on short runways, soft ground (grass, soil or sand), as well as on water.
The Vietnam Navy received their first fixed wing aircraft with the arrival late last year of their initial Series 400 Twin Otter in-country.
According to the contract, Viking Air was to finish manufacturing and testing the five other aircraft in late last year, and the four others will be delivered to the Vietnam Navy this year.
In addition to the on-going flight and maintenance training programs being conducted at Viking’s headquarters in Victoria, BC, Viking customer service representatives and flight training delegates will be on-site at the Navy Air Wing Base in Nha Trang City, the capital of Khanh Hoa, to assist with the integration of the aircraft into current Navy operations.

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