Twelve ships carrying 28 VT4 battle tank from China arrived in the naval port of Thung Prong port on Monday making up the first batch of tanks purchased from Norinco, China for 4.9 billion baht (US$ 150.5 million).
The 28 tanks that were received by the Army will be supplemented next year with 21 others at a cost of 4 billion baht.
The tanks were ferried to the Royal Thai Army Cavalry Centre at Adisorn Military camp in Saraburi for inspection by an army installed panel. The 28 tanks will be commissioned at the Third Cavalry Division at the Prem Tinsulanonda Military Camp in Khon Kaen’s Nam Phong District, Bangkok Post reported.
Army chief Chalermchai Sitthisad was quoted as saying that the procurement was decided by an army committee, whose members earlier travelled to China to see the tanks being tested.
The procurement of the 28 Chinese tanks was approved early last year. The purchase of another 11 tanks, worth two billion baht, was given the green light in the middle of the year. The final 10-tank costing a further two billion baht will be proposed later for cabinet approval.
The army has decided to buy the Chinese tanks because the Thai and Chinese defence authorities plan set up a military hardware repair facility in Thailand in the future and also because the Chinese tanks were the most cost-effective in the market. The army also plans to buy VN1 armored vehicles from China.
This is the second big procurement from China since last year. Thailand bought three submarines earlier in the face of strong domestic criticism questioning the need for such big ticket procurement.
The Royal Thai Navy and China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co (CSOC) have signed a contract to supply three Yuan Class S26T submarines to Thailand worth around 36 billion baht ($1 billion) recently. The deal specifies that 700 million baht ($20
The Thai Army signed with the NORINCO Group (China) a contract to purchase 34 armored personnel carriers 8x8 ZBL09 (export named VN1) armed with 30mm turret. It is expected that the ZBL09 will be delivered by 2020
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
Thailand has expressed interest in building military cooperation with China, particularly in development of small arms and security equipment. Thai defense ministry spokesman Kongcheep Tantravanich was quoted as saying by Reuters Wednesday that Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan had talks with his Chinese counterpart, Chang Wanquan about building military production facilities in Thailand, during his visit to Beijing last week
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