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Vietnam considers US-made basic trainer

8th April 2021 - 21:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


The T-6 Texan II is expected to be a strong contender for the US-run RfI for a new Vietnamese trainer. (Gordon Arthur)

Foreign-made platforms will help revolutionise training for the Vietnam People’s Air Force.

Vietnam has been a staunch client of Russian-built military equipment throughout its modern history, but the Southeast Asian nation has been more willing to consider and use US-supplied equipment since Washington lifted an arms embargo in 2016. 

Indeed, the US is in contention to contribute as Vietnam overhauls its pilot training programme.

The USAF published an RfI on 17 February for a tender to provide three basic trainer aircraft to the Vietnam People’s Air Force (VPAF), as well as a training programme based on the USAF undergraduate pilot training model. The closing date was 3 March, with the three turboprop aircraft …

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