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Vietnam People's Air Force Equipment

Modernization

1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2014 2015 2020 2025 2030
Personnel ,000 - - - - - - - - - -
SYSTEMS Inventory
FIGHTER 250 190+ 189 189 195 204 204  
4th Generation .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
SU-30MK2 Flanker - - - 4 8 23 35 53
SU-27SK Flanker - - 7 7 7 6 6 6
3rd Generation .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
SU-22UM-3 Fitter - - - - 2 - -  
SU-22 M-3/M-4/MR Fitter 40 65 53 53 53 38 38  
SU-17 Fitter 30 - - - - - -  
SU-7B Fitter 30 - - - - - -  
MiG-21 bis/PF Fishbed ## 150 125 124 124 140 140 140 100
MR/ MARITIME PATROL / ASW 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Be-12 Mail 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
SURVEY 2 2 2 - - - -  
An-30 Clank 2 2 2 - - - -  
TRANSPORT 82+ 68 67 28 28 28 28  
C295 - - - - - - 1 3
M-28 Bryza - - - - - - 1 1
An-26 Curl 40 30 30 12 12 6 6 6
An-24 Coke 9 4 4 - - - -  
An-2 Colt 12 12 12 12 12 6 6 6
Il-18 Coot 2 - - - - - -  
Tu-134 Crusty 8 8 8 - - - - -
Yak-40 Codling 11 14 13 4 4 - - -
TRAINING 53 52 52 28+ 28+ 43 43  
Advanced .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
SU-27UBK Flanker* - - 5 5 5 5 5  
MiG-21U/UM Mongol A/B* + + + + + 10 10  
Intermediate .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Yak-130 - - - - - - - 12
L-39 Albatros + + + 18 18 18 18  
L-29 Delfin + - - - - - -  
Primary .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Yak-52 - - - - - 10 10 10
Yak-18(BT-6) Max - + + 10 10 10 10  
Helicopters
ATTACK 20 25 26 26 26 26 26  
Mi-24 Hind 20 25 26 26 26 26 26  
SAR - - - - - 4 4  
W-3 Sokol - - - - - 4 4  
Ka-32 Helix - - 2 2 2 - -  
TRANSPORT/SUPPORT 30+ ~70 ~70 34 34 48 48  
Mi-4 Hound - + - - - - -  
Mi-6 Hook 5 + + 4 4 4 - -
Mi-8 Hip 25 + + + + 14 14 14
Mi-17 Hip H - - + + + 10 10 10
UH-1H Iroquios - - - - - 12 12  
Vietnam Helicopter Corp - + + + + + +  
Mi-17 Hip H - - + + + 57 57 57
Mi-8 Hip + + + + + 65 65 65
AS-332L2 Super Puma - - - - + 7 7  
SA-330J Puma - - - - + 10 10  
AS-350 Ecureuil - - - - + 5 5  
Air Defense
SP SAM - + + + + + +  
SA-6 Gainful - + + + + + +  
SAM + + + + + + +  
SA-2 Guideline + + + + + + +  
SA-3 Goa + + + + + + +  
MANPAD - - + + + + +  
SA-7 Grail - - + + + + +  
SA-16 Gimlet - - + + + + +  
GUNS + + + + + + +  
37mm Unknown + + + + + + +  
57mm Unknown + + + + + + +  
85mm Unknown + + + + + + +  
100mm Unknown + + + + + + +  
130mm Unknown + + + + + + +  
Missiles
AAM + + + + + + +  
AA-2 Atoll + + + + + + +  
AA-8 Aphid - - + + + + +  
AA-10 Alamo - - + + + + +  
AA-12 Adder - - - - + + +  
ASM - - + + + + +  
AS-9 Kyle - - + + + + +  
AS-14 Kedge - - - - + + +  
AS-17 Krypton - - - - + + +  
AS-18 Kazoo - - - - + + +  

Notes

    * - Denotes aircraft that are combat capable.

    + - Indicates that while exact numbers are not known, it has been reported that the equipment exists.

There is an unusual degree of confusion among sources concerning major equipment holdings. The IISS Military Balance is "authoritative" but students of these things understand that even IISS is confused at times. Flightglobal at least has the benefit of being focused on aircraft to the exclusion of other distractions. The Vietnamese edition of Wikipedia [vi.wikipedia] is at least close to the problem, but it may have fanboy biases, and it is, after all, wikipedia. It lacks clear date stamping, as when it reports the 927 Fighter Regiment as flying the MiG-21, while Scramble reports it now flies the Su-30.

It may also use non-standard nomenclature, as when it reports "So luong hoat dong" [The number of active] aicraft, this may reference intact airframes rather than currently flying or combat capable, though for the Su-22 it does distinguish "145 Khoang gan 100 con hoat dong" [nearly 145, 100 working]. These defects are particularly apparent in the discrepancy between the claimed number of active aircraft and the reported flying squadrons - a total of 250 MiG-21s are reported, but only 2 Regiments reported flying this type. As recently as 2012 IISS reported 7 MiG-21 regiments with 140 aircraft, but by 2013 these numbers had dropped to 4 regiments with 33 aicraft.

The reporting on the helicopter holdings are complicated the Vietnam Helicopter Corporation (VNH), which provides helicopter services for oil and gas offshore operations. While operating on a commercial basis, VNH is a state owned enterprise that is under the auspices of the Vietnam Air Force. Although primarily focused on the offshore industry, it also conducts other helicopter operations, including some conducted in conjunction with the military. It may be assumed that, if needed, these helicopters would be available to the Air Force in the same way that Soviet Aeroflot aircraft were available to the Soviet military.

Fixed Wing - 2014

Su-30Su-27Su-22MiG-21Be-12An-26An-24An-2
IISS2311303301200
Flightglobal24123814443000
vi.wikipedia2412100250012+36 unk15-20

Rotary - 2014

Mi-24Ka-27/32W-3Mi-4Mi-6Mi-8Mi-17/171UH-1
IISS26----141012
Flightglobal252---90-15
vi.wikipedia36208--696715



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