Vietnam marine police receive first new aircraft

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The Vietnam marine police has received the first of three aircraft that it ordered from Airbus Military, the Spain-based manufacturer said on its website Monday.


The Dan Tri newswire on August 6 quote Major General Bui Si Trinh of the marine police force as saying that the plane still needs to be installed with surveillance equipment in Sweden.


The official hand-over would be in early 2012, he said.


A coast guard airplane, the C212 is mainly used in maritime patrol and carries out coastal surveillance for illegal activities such as  drug trafficking, illegal fishing and smuggling, the manufacturer said.


Pilots and aircraft maintenance specialists for the first-ever Airbus Military product to be operated by the Vietnamese government were trained at its training center in Seville, according to the manufacturer's online press release.


The second and third aircrafts, both of the C212-400 series, were expected to be delivered later this year and in early 2012.


The new aircraft are part of the government's plan, announced last month, to improve its management of territorial waters.


The country also planned to equip the force with new ships, expected to come online early next year.


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