Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said Monday that he will discuss purchase of Russian tanks and helicopters to replace army’s 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. The final decision will be made by a committee set up by the army.
The army has six Mi-17V5 helicopters from Russia to replace Hueys from the United States. The fleet was delivered in 2011. The same model was mentioned by Gen Prayut after a cabinet meeting on Monday.
The prime minister moved forward this week's cabinet meeting to Monday as he would leave for Russia on a three-day working visit on Tuesday, followed by a summit between Russia and Asean until Friday.
Gen Prayut will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ahead of the summit, held to mark two decades of ties between Russia and the Southeast Asian grouping.
News about Thai interest in Russian armaments surfaced in February. The report quoted an army source as saying in February that China and Ukraine were other possible candidates for Thailand’s tank purchase.
Thailand may buy four more Saab Gripen JAS 39 multirole combat aircraftto the current fleet of 12 fighters. Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Juntong was quoted as saying by
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,
India and Russia have entered final negotiations for the purchase of 48 Mi-17 helicopters following the conclusion of pre-contractual work earlier this year. The contract is estimated to be worth between US$700 million to $800 million, though officially there is no word on the pricing
Syria has reportedly received a batch of MT-116M sniper rifles from Russia. The National Republican Guard have issued the sniper rifles to one of the womens units of the service, Tass quoted Syrian media outlets as saying Wednesday
Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs has launched a tender for new machine guns intended for urban Close Quarter Battles (CQB). Tokar-2, the machine guns development program will be designed for elimination of hostile man and firepower during CQBs and for supporting Special Forces assault groups, according to the MIA`s official notification published at the state purchases web-site
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