The growing American military involvement in Vietnam in the early 1960s led to strong interest in counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft.In late 1962, the U.S. Air Force's Special Air Warfare Center at Eglin Air Force Base's Hurlburt Field in Florida evaluated two T-37Cs for the role.. There are a total of [ 10 ] individual aircraft entriesin the Active Vietnam People's Air Force Aircraft (2021)category in the Military Factory. LL-28 Range (miles): 1300 - Speed: 560 - Maker: enemy LLYSHIN. ", "Thủ tướng kiểm tra tên lửa cho Su-30MK2", "Báo TQ đưa cảnh phi công Việt Nam lái Su-30MK2V", https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/29/vietnam-orders-350m-combat-training-jets-from-russia-vedomosti-a69074, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, "Su-30MK2 VN đã đưa tên lửa RVV-AE tối tân vào trực chiến", "Russian missiles to guard skies over Vietnam", "Hỏa thần Việt Nam khiến Mỹ khiếp sợ (kỳ 3)", "KQND Việt Nam chuẩn bị vĩnh biệt tiêm kích MiG-21", "Đông Nam Á tăng cường năng lực cảnh báo, chống ngầm", General Department of Military Intelligence, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_equipment_of_the_Vietnam_People%27s_Air_Force&oldid=993584349, Articles with unsourced statements from October 2020, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Flying F-4s out of Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, he hunted North Vietnamese supply trucks along a portion of the Ho Chi Minh Trail that ran through Laos. It was originally designed as a single-seat, nuclear-attack aircraft… Phu Cat Air Base 1.  As the two continuing An-2s flew over, their crews dropped 120 mm mortar shells as bombs through the aircraft's floor and also strafed their targets with 57 mm rockets from the wing pods.  In 1963 the Air Force and Air Defence Force were merged into the Air and Air Defence Force (Quân chủng Phòng không – Không quân). In 2004, it also acquired 4 modified variants of the Su-30 MK2V, newer models of the Su-27. In fact, there wasn't any pilot in VPAF named Nguyễn Toon, he was a fictional character of the American pilots and they often made jokes with the dissertation. Most of these aircraft have now been sold off or scrapped, due to loss of parts. The first airlift aircraft sent to Vietnam were C-47 Skytrains. The North Vietnamese Air Force, established in March 1956, had been constructed from literally nothing. On 4 April the VPAF scored the first confirmed victories to be acknowledged by both sides. Since the Vietnam War, most Vietnamese aircraft were supplied by the Soviet Union and later Russia, while hundreds of others were left by the United States via South Vietnam.  However, it has recently been modernising its air force with models of the Su-27-SK air superiority fighter following closer military ties, and an array of arms deals with Russia. Some notable combat aircraft that were operated by the air force consisted of the MiG-15UTI, MiG-17F, the American F-5 Tiger II, and the A-37B Dragonfly. The VPAF Museum displays the history of the air forces of North Vietnam and the unified Vietnam. About 40,000 personnel and nearly 300 aircraft make up the modern fighting air service of the nation of Vietnam. From May to December 1966, the US lost 47 aircraft in air battles, destroying only 12 enemy's fighters. On 9 March 1949, General Võ Nguyên Giáp was authorised to establish the Air Force Research Committee (Ban Nghiên cứu Không quân) under the General Staff to study ways to deal with the air war. The organisational levels of Vietnam People's Air Force, from highest to lowest are: Some airbases in the south were built by the French, Japanese* (World War II), United States Air Force or United States Navy for South Vietnam. After the end of the Vietnam War in May 1975, more regiments were formed. This listing allows you to trace back a particular nation's aviation history in reverse-chronological order. In May 2009, they inked a deal to procure additional 12 aircraft from the Russians to bolster their ageing fleet. ENEMY AIRCRAFT AN-2 Range (miles): 560 - Speed: 160 - Maker: enemy ANTONOV.