Vietnam to acquire UAVs, Trainer Aircraft, retired CG cutter from US

A Beechcraft T-6 Texan II advance trainer aircraft. US INDOPACOM chief confirmed that Vietnam is also acquiring the aircraft from the US. 


In the latest statement of US Indo-Pacific Command chief, Adm. Phil Davidson, confirmed that Vietnam is acquiring equipment from the US, including Boeing Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Beechcraft T-6 Texan II trainer aircraft, and a second decommissioned US Coast Guard (USCG) cutter.

No mention was made on the exact type of USCG cutter, but there were previous reports indicating Vietnam's desire to acquire a second Hamilton-class cutter for the Vietnamese Coast Guard.

The ScanEagle UAVs could alsp be coming from US military assistance under the Asia Pacific Maritime Security Initiative, which benefitted other countries with ScanEagle deliveries, including the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

No previous reports were noted on the potential order for Beechcraft T-6 Texan II aircraft, but it is expected to bolster the capabilities of the Vietnam People's Air Force (VPAF).




[1] US Senate Committee on Armed Services
[2] Defense Industry Daily
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