The Thai government last week approved a 193-million baht (US$ 5.7m) project to design a mini-submarine for the country’s navy, local media reports.
The nod given by the country’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was announced by Capt Sattaya Chandraprabha from the Royal Thai Navy Academy on July 17, The Bangkok Post reported.
The design will take four years and construction of the first mini-submarine another two, to be followed by seaworthiness checks and training for one year, Capt Sattaya said.
The cost of the mini-submarine will be known after four years. Capt Sattaya, head of the mini-submarine research project, said the navy began the project last October.
The first mini-submarine in the unofficially named "Chalawan Class" would have a surface displacement of 150-300 tonnes, a crew of 10 and a 300-nautical-mile range, he said.
In April last year, the cabinet endorsed the navy's purchase of a Yuan Class S26T submarine from China for 13.5 billion baht, part of a plan to buy three for 36 billion baht.
Diehl Defense has signed a contract to supply additional short range air-air missiles IRIS-T (InfraRed Imaging System – Tail/Thrust Vector Controlled) to Thailand earlier this month. The Royal Thai Air force had selected the European short-range missile for arming first their Gripen- and later also their F-16 fighter aircraft in 2011
Thailand's air force on Wednesday commissioned the first batch of South Korea-built T-50 Golden Eagle lead-in fighter trainers into service. Four T-50TH supersonic advanced trainers of 401st Squadron was inducted into the RTAF during the commissioning ceremony on 4 April at an airbase in Nakhon Sawan, in a commissioning ceremony presided over by RTAF Commander Air Chief Marshal Johm Rungswang, Defence Blog reports
Thailand is likely to increase its total order for Chinese-made VT-4 main battle tanks to 49 up from the current 28 plus 10 additional ordered in 2017. Thailand had purchased 28 VT4 tanks in 2015 and ordered an additional 10 last year
Iran attempted to launch a cruise missile from a “midget” submarine that appears to be based on a Pyongyang design type that sank a South Korean warship in 2010. The missile launch was attempted in the Strait of Hormuz on May 2,
Indian Navy is likely to get two strategic operating vessels (SOVs) also known as midget submarines on Hindustan Shipyard Limited that can boost the underwater capability costing an estimated $482 million each, the Hindu reported today. According to the report, the Request for proposal (ROP) will be notified in a couple of months
Chinas leading shipbuilding firm China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) started building a Type S26T submarine on Tuesday for the Royal Thai Navy, an important cooperation project between China and Thailand, CSIC announced on its WeChat account Tuesday. Senior officers from the Thai and Chinese militaries attended a steel-cutting ceremony at a shipyard in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, to mark the start of the project, the announcement said
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