Thailand is expected to procure more armaments from Russia majorly tanks and Mi-17 Choppers.
Thailand also wants to buy more Mi-17 helicopters in addition to the existing four aircraft bought previously to replace UH-1H helicopters, Bangkokpost news daily reported Monday.
Thailand is expected to hold talks regarding the purchase following Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwon’s scheduled visit to Moscow, the news daily quoted an unnamed army source as saying.
"Although Gen Prawit did not make any deal on military armaments during his visit, the two counties have reached an agreement on military technical and technological cooperation which could lead to Thailand buying more weapons from Russia, particularly tanks," the source said.
The Royal Thai Army has set up a committee to consider buying tanks from Russia, China and Ukraine, the source said.
On Russia's proposal to set up an arms production plant in Thailand, Gen Prawit said the issue needs further discussion and he believes Thailand would benefit in terms of military technology from the proposal.
Gen Prawit said no talks were directly held about buying armaments from Russia.
However, Thailand showed an interest in buying aircraft and equipment for fighting forest fires and mitigation of natural disasters, and at the same time offered to sell its agricultural products such as rice and rubber.
He was speaking at Don Mueang military airport on his return from Russia and Belarus, which he visited between Feb 23-27.
Ukraine and Thailand have signed an agreement on joint production of BTR-3 armored fighting vehicles (AFV) in Thailand, the press service of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) has reported. "The agreement was signed as part of the Ukrainian delegation's participation in the Defense & Security 2015 international exhibition held in Bangkok
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Thailands Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said Monday that he will discuss purchase of Russian tanks and helicopters to replace armys ageing military equipment during his visit to Moscow today. Gen Prayut was quoted as saying by The Bangkok Post that the Russian hardware was an option as Thailand was exploring offers with competitive price tags and qualities from other countries
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