The Thailand Air Force is eyeing to buy a new fleet of transport aircraft to replace their ageing C-130 Hercules.
The competition between Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation Y-9 and Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules might emerge for procurement of new transport planes, an official was quoted as saying by Xinhua Friday.
There are also chances that rivalry may occur from a third manufacturing country, besides China and the US. However, details of the procurement plan are yet to be formulated, he said.
"The air force was looking to buy a new fleet of turboprop-engined transport aircraft to replace a dozen C-130H Hercules transport planes, deployed by the Thai Air Force since 1980," Retiring Air Force chief Trithod Sonchaeng said earlier.
Meanwhile, the new Thai Air Force chief Jom Roongsawang is expected to consider buying another four Saab JAS 39 Gripen fighters to add to an existing squadron of a dozen multi-role combat aircraft of the same type from Sweden.
The Air Force has 12 Gripen fighters at Air Wing 7 in the southern Surat Thani province. The Gripen squadron was procured in 2008 to replace the US-made F-5E Tiger fighters.
Late last month, two Russian-built transport planes were delivered to the Thai Air Force. The Sukhoi Superjet 100LR transport planes, each of which was sold for $US34 will fly as a passenger plane for members of the Royal Household and other VIPs. They were meant to join the Air Force's Boeing 737 and Airbus aircraft currently deployed on similar purposes.
Russian Helicopters has signed supply contracts for aviation inventory for helicopters that are in service for the Indonesian Air Force and the Royal Thai Armed Forces. The contract signed with the Indonesian authorities is to supply rotor blade sets for the Mi-35P helicopters that are in service in the Indonesian Air Force
Thailand will buy three Chinese-built submarines for a combined price of $1 billion. The Thai navy's proposal to procure the three Yuan-class S26T subs from China has been put on hold since last year by the then deputy premier who is concurrently defense minister
Thailand has chosen to buy major defense equipment from China, Russia and European countries and not their long time supplier, the US. Thai Navy has vouched for Chinese-made submarines and the air force has picked South Korean T50 TH trainer jets, instead of American Textron AirLand Scorpion,
Some 29 countries and 12,000 personnel, including from China, US, Thailand and India are expected to participate in the biennial ‘Cobra Gold Asia-Pacific military exercise to be held in Thailand in February 2018. According to the Royal Thai Armed Forces headquarters, ‘Cobra Gold 2018 will be held at the armys Surathampitak and Suranaree military camps and the air force's Wing 1 in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima
Thailands navy is currently coordinating process for a government-to-government purchase of three Chinese-built Yuan-class submarines, Thailand's Deputy Premier Prawit Wongsuwan said. Prawit, who is concurrently the defense minister, declined to tell how soon the coordinating process for the submarines purchase deal will be completed but confirmed that a regular budget for the navy to procure the first of the three Yuan-class S26T subs within this year has already been earmarked and approved for current fiscal year, Xinhua reported Tuesday
Thailand has made provision in the 2017 fiscal budget for part payment of the first Chinese Yuan Class submarine worth 13.5 billion Baht (US$ 37 million) the bill for which has already been approved by the National Legislative Assembly
Thailand Navy is eyeing for larger platforms such as landing platforms or docks (LPDs) and frigates in the coming years and also has planned to retire Ratcharit Prabparapak-class missile boats over next 10 years. The moves are part of its efforts to prepare the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) for future maritime security challenges, the service will progressively decommission its Ratcharit and Prabparapak classes of missile-armed patrol boats by 2026,
The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) is expected to take a month to investigate the cause of the fighter aircraft that went down killing the pilot during a childrens day airshow at the souther airbase of Hat Yai on Saturday. RTAF Security Office director Vice Air Marshal Sorakit Mangsing said one month was needed to investigate numerous factors which could have caused the incident
Thailands ministry of defense has terminated the contract to buy Ukrainian tanks due to the failure of supplies of the equipment from the Kievs side. According to the contract signed in 2011, the Thai army was to receive 49 tanks by October 2017
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