The third aircraft Vietnam's Marine Police Department ordered from Airbus Military in Spain arriving at Gia Lam Airport in Hanoi. Photo: Quan Doi Nhan Dan (People's Army) newspaper
The last of three aircrafts Vietnam ordered from Airbus Military in Spain arrived in Hanoi Tuesday, Vietnam's Marine Police Department said.
The CASA C212 of the -400 series joined the other two aircrafts of the same type in the fleet, which is managed and operated by the 918th brigade of Vietnam's air force. They will be used for sea surveillance, detecting warships and submarines and defending Vietnamese territory. They can also be used for detecting oil spills, forest fires and drug smugglers.
The pilots and technicians received their training in Spain.
The aircraft, 16.1 meters long and 6.5 meters high, has a 20.2-meter wingspan and can reach speeds up to 360 kilometers per hour. It can take off from a short and narrow runway and fly 1,800 kilometers without refueling.
The previous two Spanish made CASA C212s arrived in Vietnam in August 2012 and January 2013, according to Quan Doi Nhan Dan.
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