06 Mei 2009

Vietnam's $150m Deal with Poland

27 April 2005
M-28 Skytruck of the Vietnam Air Force (photo : Vnphoto)

Polish export company Profus Management will supply Vietnam with aircraft, defence electronics and tanks, including ammunition and spare parts, under a contract which could eventually be worth more than $150 million.

The first shipments are planned for the third quarter of 2005.

Vietnam has also confirmed the purchase of a further 10 Polskie Zaklady Lotnicze (PZL) M28 Skytruck maritime surveillance aircraft worth at least $40 million. Deliveries will commence by mid-2007. The two Skytrucks of a previous order were delivered to 918th Air Transport Regiment at Hanoi Gia Lam airfield in January.

Eight Przemyslowy Instytut Telekomunik-acji (PIT) MSC-400 maritime surveillance systems with PIT ASR-400 radars and PIT CCS-400 onboard command-and- control modules will be supplied to Vietnam, said Polish sources.

Datalinks for the Skytrucks will also be supplied as well as an undisclosed number of ground control stations. The total value of this PIT contract, which should be finalised shortly, has not been disclosed but it is believed to exceed $20 million. The system should allow Vietnam to create a modern maritime control system along its 2,000 km coast. Vietnamese sources said the selection of the maritime surveillance system is ongoing.


Sokol W-3 of the Vietnam Air Force (photo : Militaryphotos)

The Vietnamese People's Army Air Force will also receive four PZL Swidnik W-3RM Anakonda maritime search-and-rescue helicopters by 2007. These will be equipped with systems similar to those used on the Polish Navy's Anakondas, including Wescam's forward-looking infra-red turrets. A further four PZL Sokol helicopters, in passenger or VIP configuration, are being negotiated.

By the end of 2005, Profus Management will deliver 40 second- hand airworthy Su-22M4 fighter-bomber aircraft with necessary spare parts and weapons.

These will probably come from the Polish Air Force inventory but could be from other East European countries. In the same timeframe, the Vietnamese People's Army is to receive its first T-72 main battle tanks together with training and basic maintenance equipment as well as ammunition. The shipment of 150 second-hand tanks, again probably from Poland's stocks, should begin as early as the third quarter of 2005.

(Jane’s)

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