By Thanh Nguyen - The Saigon Times Daily
HCMC - Airbus Military said on Tuesday that it had delivered the first of three already-ordered C212-400 airplanes to the Vietnam Marine Police to support the latter’s maritime patrol.
|Airbus Military delivers the first of three already-ordered C212-400 airplanes to the Vietnam Marine Police - Photo: Courtesy of Airbus Military |
The Vietnam Marine Police will take the second aircraft later this year and the third in early 2012. Equipped with the latest systems and technologies, including a Flight Management System (FMS), the coast guard airplane will help with coastal surveillance operations and those for controlling illegal fishing, drug traffic and smuggling, among others.
Rafael Tentor, head of Light and Medium Program at Airbus Military Head, said in a statement that the Airbus subsidiary looked forward to the upcoming entry into service of one of its versatile products to help enforce law on the Vietnamese coast.
Airbus Military said pilots and aircraft maintenance specialists had been trained to operate the aircraft at the Airbus Military Training Center in Spain. This C212 is the first Airbus Military product that the Government of Vietnam will operate.
To date, Airbus Military has sold 477 C212 to 92 different operators. With a maximum payload of 2.8 tons, the airplane was designed to operate in austere environments for long periods of time and has demonstrated itself as one of the most successful aircraft in the light transport segment for the most varied types of operations.