23:46 GMT08 May 2021
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    Vietnam is in talks with Russia’s Siberian Aeronautical Research Institute on modernization of tens of An-2 cargo planes (NATO reporting name Colt) which were supplied to the country by the Soviet Union, the institute’s financial director said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to him, the planes’ hulls and engines will be modernized.

    "Representatives of Vietnam who came for the institute’s 75th birthday expressed their interest in cooperation on modernization of An-2 planes belonging to their national air forces, the fleet of which stands at 40 vehicles. After this, they sent us a corresponding business proposal," Igor Shubin told the Izvestiya newspaper in an interview released on Friday.

    Shubin added that a number of Asian countries have in recent years expressed interest in modernizing their An-2 planes.

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