Vietnamese Navy Selects Viking Series 400 Twin Otter for First Air Wing
- Multi-Aircraft Contract with Missionization, Convertibility, Spares and Training Pushes Viking Backlog in Excess of 200 Million
The Series 400 Twin Otters are scheduled for delivery between 2012 through 2014, and will be equipped for amphibious operations. The six aircraft will be configured with convertible interiors covering VIP, commuter, and utility layouts, with three of the six designated "Guardian 400" maritime patrol variants. Ideally suited for the Navy's operations, the Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft will be used for transport, resupply, maritime surveillance and search and rescue throughout Vietnamese coastal regions.
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Included in the agreement are sensor package options, air conditioning, galley and lavatory installations, and a comprehensive spares support package. All technical and flight training from ab-initio through commercial multi-engine, and including Twin Otter Series 400 amphibious float operating experience will be provided by Viking's sister organization Pacific Sky Aviation, a flight training unit located in Victoria International Airport, Canada.
Representatives of the Vietnamese Navy, in collaboration with the GAET Company from the Ministry of Defense, have been working with Viking and its local representative, Canam Active Enterprises Inc., over the past several years to develop the contract. Following an extensive evaluation and configuration phase, the DHC-6 Series 400 was selected as best suited to meet the operational requirements of the Vietnam Navy.
David Curtis, Viking president and CEO, commented, "After a long and thorough procurement process, Viking is proud to have been selected by the Vietnamese Navy to supply new DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft, perfectly suited for use over Vietnam's extensive 3400 km coastline. It is also significant to note that the Series 400 is the first western built, fixed-wing aircraft to be selected by the Vietnam Department of National Defense, another highlight to add to the long list of Twin Otter program milestones."
Source : Viking