Vietnam has turned out its first hydroplanes with selling price of less than 2 billion Vietnamese dong (some 126,000 US dollar) per unit.
The A41 Factory under the Air force and Air Defense Department has just produced three hydroplanes which can be mainly used for pilot training, sports, patrol for forest protection, tourism, trade and agriculture activities, the maker said Monday.
The hydroplanes coded VNS-41 can carry 3-4 people, and fly at a speed of 120-135 km per hour at a maximum height of 3 km. The aircraft with the length of roughly 7 meters is equipped with two Austrian 65-horse power engines which consume 38-44 liters of A92 petrol each hour.
The factory said it will shortly produce four VNS-41 with new enhancements. The proportion of locally-made parts in the hydroplanes is 70 percent.