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T-6Cs are Vietnam-bound

14th June 2021 - 15:00 GMT | by Trevor Nash in Holsworthy

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VPAF pilots have been flying the T-6 at Columbus AFB. (Photo: DVIDS)

The Vietnam People's Air Force is to receive three new trainer aircraft in a shake-up of its pilot training curriculum.

The Vietnam People’s Air Force (VPAF) interest in the Beechcraft T-6C Texan II training aircraft has been widely reported over recent months as the country reshapes its pilot training pipeline. It has now been confirmed that the VPAF has signed a deal that will see the procurement of an undisclosed number of aircraft, with deliveries starting in 2023.

Shephard Defence Insight estimates that the deal costs about $12 million. 

Also destined for delivery in 2023 is the first of 12 Aero Vodochody L-39NG jet trainers and what is understood to be 12 Yak-130 jet trainers. The country already operates an estimated

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