MADRID, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Vietnam's marine police received the first of three C212-400 patrol aircraft it ordered from Airbus Military in Spain.
The C212-400 is a turboprop short-landing and takeoff aircraft. It has a maximum speed of 230 miles per hour, a maximum ceiling of 26,000 feet and a range of more than 1,000 miles.
The patrol plane can also be used for transport missions. Its cargo capacity is more than 3 tons and can carry as many as 28 troops.
Mission systems for the aircraft ordered by Vietnam were installed in Sweden, after which the aircraft was flown to Vietnam.
"The outstanding reliability demonstrated by more than 3 million flight hours makes the C212 the most successful aircraft in the light transport and surveillance sectors for an extremely wide variety of missions," Airbus Military said.
"With a maximum payload of (nearly 3.1 tons) and the capability of being equipped with an advanced mission system, it is proven in operations in austere conditions and extreme weather for long periods of time."
Airbus Military did not disclose when the two remaining C212-400s would be delivered to Vietnam.
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