HANOI, — With the lifting of the US arms embargo to Vietnam, a US defense industry source indicates Hanoi is seeking to improve its air defense and maritime security capabilities with the procurement of F-16 fighter aircraft from the US Pentagon’s excess defense articles (EDA) program and refurbished P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, armed with torpedoes.
The source also said Vietnam could seek US-made UAVs for maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.
Torpedoes were banned under the embargo, but now the Vietnamese want the same P-3 program the US sold to Taiwan, the source said. On the F-16 EDA, they want the same deal the Obama administration gave Indonesia.
The USAF F-16C block 25 #84-1281 from the 62nd FS is seen taxiing at Eielson AFB on April 9th, 2008.
The Vietnam delegates visited Pacific Marines as part of a three-day bilateral naval discussion with U.S. Forces.
The US Navy Lockheed P-3C Orion anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft.