The Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN) is almost done with reaching full operational capability on its six Viking Air (de Havilland Canada DHC-6) Guardian Twin Otter 400s, ordered in 2010. Three have already been delivered to the Asian country, while the training of crew and technicians by Vikings affiliate Pacific Air is nearing completion.
All six VPN aircraft are meant to be able to fly with amphibious floats, but at least two of the aircraft were delivered with wheels. The Twin Otter 400 can be configured with different gear, that is fairly easily changeable. The Twin Otters are powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34 engines.
The Pacific Air training program that the Vietnamese Navy personnel is following includes 6 months of English language training coordinated through Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia, followed by 14 months of basic through advanced flight training at the facilities of Viking, Pacific Sky and FlightSafety International in Toronto, Ontario.
The Viking Twin Otter Series 400 was originally developed by De Havilland Canada, which became Bombardier Aerospace. Bombardier sold the type certificates for the DHC-1 to DHC-7 to Viking Air in 2006. The Guardian Twin Otter 400s are the first fixed-wing aircraft for the Vietnamese Navy. They will perform transport, resupply, maritime surveillance and search-and-rescue tasks. They come with different convertible interiors, including VIP, commuter and utility layouts.
The Twin Otter Series 400 is in operation in 16 countries.
Source: Viking Air / Pacific Sky