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Vietnam People's Air Force

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The Vietnam People's Air Force (Vietnamese: Không quân Nhân dân Việt Nam) is the air force of Vietnam. It is the successor of the former North Vietnamese Air Force and the absorbed Republic of Vietnam Air Force following the re-unification of Vietnam in 1975. The Vietnam People's Air Force (VPAF) is one of three main branches in the Vietnam People's Army which is a part of the Ministry of Defence. The main mission of the VPAF is the defence the Vietnamese airspace and the provision of air cover for operations of the Vietnam People's Army.


  • Active Duty Personnel: 33,600
  • Number of Fighters: 279
  • Number of Helicopters: 201
  • Number of Transport Aircraft: 61
  • Active Bases: 16
  • Commander of the VPAF: Colonel General Phuong Minh Hoa
  • Political Commissar: Major General Nguyen Van Thanh
  • Chief of Staff: Major General Nguyen Van Tho




  • Sukhoi Su-22M3/4 x 36 (Fighter-Bomber)
  • Sukhoi Su-27SK x 10 (Air Superiority Fighter)
  • Sukhoi Su-30MK2V x 36 (Multirole Fighter)

Maritime Patrol Aircraft[edit]

  • PZL M28 Skytruck x 2 (Maritime Patrol Aircraft)

Transport Aircraft[edit]

  • Antonov An-26 x 30 (Transport Aircraft)
  • CASA C-295M x 4 (Transport Aircraft)


  • Aero L-39C Albatross x 26 (Trainer)
  • Sukhoi Su-27UKB x 4 (Conversion Trainer)
  • Yakovlev Yak-52 x 36 (Trainer)
  • Yakovlev Yak-130 x 8 (Advanced trainer)


  • Bell UH-1H Iroquois x 16 (Utility Helicopter)
  • Kamov Ka-32 x 2 (Utility Helicopter)
  • Mil Mi-8/17 x 88 (Transport Helicopter)
  • Mil Mi-24 x 26 (Attack Helicopter)

Air Defense[edit]

  • Artillery
    • 37mm Air Defense Gun M1939 (61-K)
    • S-60
    • ZPU-4
    • ZSU-23-4M
    • ZU-23-2
  • Missiles
    • SA-2 "Guideline"
    • SA-3 "Goa"
    • SA-6 "Gainful"
    • SA-7 "Grail"
    • SA-13 "Gopher"
    • SA-20 "Gargoyle"
    • SA-24 "Grinch"


  • Air-to-Air Missiles
    • AA-10 "Alamo"
    • AA-11 "Archer"
    • AA-12 "Adder"
  • Air-to-Surface Missiles
    • AS-9 "Kyle"
    • AS-10 "Karen"
    • AS-14 "Kedge"
    • AS-17 "Krypton"
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