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  • Defence Budgets Reduced by Virus
    Defence Budgets Reduced by Virus 17 April 2020
    The Republic of Korea issued a similar statement after Thailand announced last week that it would go to a 10 per cent reduction in its defence budget. The South Korean Finance Ministry has announced plans to direct $733 million from this year’s $40.94 billion defence budget to fund expenses caused by the COVID-19 crisis. "No delay in introduction or deployment of any equipment is expected due to the budget cut," Kim Il-dong, the director-general of the mini...
  • Thailand Cuts Defence Budget Due to Virus
    Thailand Cuts Defence Budget Due to Virus 11 April 2020
    With COVID-19, governments have begun to change their economic plans. The Thai Government plans to cut the defence budget. The budget is expected to decrease by 10 per cent, while resources are planned to be transferred to the fight against the virus. Thailand may be in a position to stop procrastination or buy on the platforms it will supply. According to local media reports, the supply of two T-50TH training aircraft planned to be purchased from The Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI...
  • India postpones MILAN 2020 multilateral exercise due to coronavirus concerns 6 March 2020
    The Indian Navy’s multilateral exercise ‘MILAN 2020’, has been postponed owing to the spread of coronavirus that had claimed over 3,000 lives across the globe. The training was scheduled by the Indian Navy from March 18 to 28 in Visakhapatnam, The event has been postponed, to provide the safety of the 30 participant Navies.  (including the US, Russia, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Republic of Korea, the UK, Australia, Vietnam, Myanmar...
  • Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade
    Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade 22 February 2020
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has set out its procurement priorities for the upcoming decade; transport aircraft, combat search-and-rescue helicopters, and light attack aircraft are on the top of the list. RTAF’s long term plans include new fighters to replace the ageing fleet. RTAF plans to replace its Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport aircraft fleet. The new aircraft will require to be compatible with Thailand’s Link T data link system. This is a process that...
  • Border and Weapon System Solutions from ASELSAN
    Border and Weapon System Solutions from ASELSAN 18 November 2019
    Held in Thailand "Defence & Security" Fair, many companies showed contributions from Turkey. ASELSAN focused on two solutions for Thailand. Thailand presented stabilised weapon systems for the Royal Land and Navy. 12.7 mm and 25 mm stabilized weapon system STAMP with automatic target tracking; STOP is a new generation, cost-effective, medium calibre weapon system for naval platforms fitted with 25mm KBA or 25mm M242 Bushmaster Automatic Cannon; SMASH is a remotely operat...
  • New Customer to the Oplot
    New Customer to the Oplot 10 October 2019
    Ukrainian Malyshev continues its Oplot deliveries. The company made a statement about the platforms at the Arms and Security 2019 exhibition organized by the media sponsorship of C4Defence. Negotiations are under way between Ukraine and Thailand for new phase deliveries for Oplot tanks, which have already completed all deliveries to Thailand. It is stated that the negotiations with a third country for the Oplots, which are also included in the inventory of the Ukrainian Army, c...
  • The US Gives Approval for Boeing AH-6i
    The US Gives Approval for Boeing AH-6i 26 September 2019
    The Thai government has announced its intention to purchase eight Boeing AH-6i light attack reconnaissance helicopters and related equipment from the US. The United States has approved Thailand’s request to acquire eight Boeing AH-6i light attack reconnaissance helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $400 million. “The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to Thailand of eight AH-6i helicopters and related equipment,” Def...
  • The Navy's First Electric Diesel Submarine: S26T 16 September 2019
    In April 2017, the Government of Thailand approved the purchase of approximately $ 411 million worth of diesel-electric submarines from China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) and Chinese shipbuilder Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group Co. Ltd held the keel-laying ceremony for the RTN’s first S26T diesel-electric submarine. The ceremony was held in Wuchang Shipbuilding’s yard in Wuhan.  The S26T was based on the Type 039B Yuan-class s...
  • Saab Presents First Gripen E to Brazil
    Saab Presents First Gripen E to Brazil 16 September 2019
    Swedish manufacturer Saab has presented the first Brazilian Gripen E fighter aircraft during a ceremony in Linköping, Sweden, to begin the flight test program. The ceremony was attended by representatives from Brazilian Air Force, Swedish Air Force, Saab, and defence ministers of the two countries. Initially, flight tests will be performed in Sweden and by the end of 2020, the aircraft will move to Brazil to continue the flight test campaign in the country. In 2021, deliveries ...
  • USA Approved to Procurement
    USA Approved to Procurement 29 July 2019
    US Defence Ministry has approved Thailand’s request for 60 Stryker infantry carrier vehicles. The estimated value is $175 million includes, 60 Stryker, 60 M2 Flex .50 cal machine guns as well as spares, systems, training and support. The Stryker vehicles will increase Thailand’s capability to defend its sovereign territory by filling the capability void between light infantry soldiers and heavy mechanized units. The principal contractor for the Stryker vehicle is General...
  • Indonesia Announces Export Data
    Indonesia Announces Export Data 26 November 2018
    Indonesian Ministry of Defence announced military export revenues. According to official data announced by an official from the Ministry of Defence, Jakarta exported a total of 284.1 million USD between 2015 and 2018. PT Dirgantara Indonesia, PT PAL and PT Lundin Shipyards and PT Pindad companies realized a large portion of sales. In this process, only PTDI sales amounted to US $ 161 million. The company earned most of its revenue from CN 235-220 and NC212. Sales were made to Senega...
  • Malaysia Ordered Nexter's Artillery Systems
    Malaysia Ordered Nexter's Artillery Systems 20 April 2018
    Malaysia ordered 18 units of 105LG1 artillery systems from Nexter under a contract signed at DSA fair. This 3-year contract will start by November 2019 with the first delivery of 6 light guns and the last delivery is due to take place in February 2020. The system has a maximum range of 17 kilometres and can be transported by air thanks to its light weight of approximately 1650 kg. Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Belgium, Canada and Colombia are also among customers of Nexter’s 105LG1.
  • Thailand to Buy ATMOS
    Thailand to Buy ATMOS 11 April 2018
    The Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) has signed a contract with Elbit to procure six 155 mm autonomous truck-mounted howitzer system (ATMOS). According to RTMC statement, the $26 million contract was signed in late March and includes options for additional systems. 
  • Thailand Commissioned T-50TH Aircraft
    Thailand Commissioned T-50TH Aircraft 6 April 2018
    Thailand has commissioned the first four Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50TH Golden Eagle aircraft on 4 April at Tarkly Air Base. Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has ordered a total of 12 T-50THs in two batches of four and eight. The second batch is expected to be handed over in 2019. The platforms will replace the RTAF’s ageing Aero L-39ZA Albatros. 
  • Thailand Opted For Russian Rifles
    Thailand Opted For Russian Rifles 6 February 2018
    Russia and Thailand have signed an agreement at the Singapore AirShow regarding delivery of Russian Kalashnikov assault rifles to Thai Armed Forces. Although the type and number of the rifles were not disclosed, TASS reports that it might be the AK-100 series. 
  • T-50s Finally At Home
    T-50s Finally At Home 26 January 2018
    The Royal Thai Air Force's T-50TH Golden Eagle trainers are finally delivered to the country after the delay caused by damage to the engines during their flight to Thailand. The two T-50TH aircraft then had to land in Malaysia and inspected for damage, causing further delay in deliveries which was initially scheduled on 11 January. RTAF Commander Air Chief Marshal Johm Rungswang confirmed on 25 January that the damaged engines were replaced by Korea Aerospace...
  • T-50's Stuck in Malaysia
    T-50's Stuck in Malaysia 16 January 2018
    The two KAI-made T-50THs for the Royal Thai Air Force, which were forced to divert to Kuantan, Malaysia on their way to Thailand due to extreme turbulence, will stay in Malaysia for two more weeks before they head home according to reports by local media. The two aircraft were inspected after their landing in Malaysia and some damage was revealed. According to local media, it will take two weeks before both T-50THs leave for Thailand again. Although details of the damage w...
  • T-50 Deliveries to Thailand Delayed
    T-50 Deliveries to Thailand Delayed 15 January 2018
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) postponed the handover ceremony of the first two T-50TH Golden Eagle training aircraft out of 12 ordered from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) indefinitely. The ceremony, which was earlier scheduled to be held at the Takhli on 12 January, was delayed upon KAI’s notification that the trainer jets need more checks. According to the Korean manufacturer’s statement, during their flight to Thailand on 8 January, the two aircraft was forced to land in Mal...
  • Israeli Offer to Thailand's APC Upgrade Tender
    Israeli Offer to Thailand's APC Upgrade Tender 9 January 2018
    Israeli company Nimda confirmed to Jane’s that it is bidding to upgrade the Royal Thai Army’s (RTA’s) BAE Systems M113 armoured personnel carriers (APCs). if selected, The company will collaborate with local firms for upgrade work. Nimda’s proposal features its new M-113 N-2000 package, which integrates a Detroit Diesel 6V53T 300-hp engine and the Allison 3000 series automatic transmission. The package also includes a range of up...
  • T-50 Deliveries to Thailand Begin
    T-50 Deliveries to Thailand Begin 9 January 2018
    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has started deliveries of T-50 Golden Eagle fighter trainers to Thailand on 8 January. The first batch of four T-50TH (Thailand) aircraft were delivered the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) and the remaining eight of a total 12 will be handed over in a second batch. T-50THs will replace the country's Aero L-39 Albatros jet trainers. 
  • 56th Issue Fair News
    56th Issue Fair News 11 December 2017
    Target in Thailand: Artillery No Surveillance, No Artillery A First by Japan China, Active in Thai Market Surprises in Thailand Continue Things are Going Well for Daewoo Indian Industry, Strong in Bangkok Israel, Undoubtedly Bangkok’s Favourite Rafael, in Australia to Stay Thailand, in Search of New Infantry Rifle China Wants Quick Entry to Submarine Market Leonardo Response to ...
  • Winds of Change in the Far East
    Winds of Change in the Far East 11 December 2017
    Organised in Bangkok, the Defense & Security 2017 Exhibition opened its doors with sorrow, immediately after the funeral to bid farewell to the late king of Thailand.  Increased procurement of modern weapons in the region symbolises the rise in military threat perceptions. It was high time for old and veteran main battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles and armoured personnel carriers listed in the Thailand’s inventory to be replaced with newer versions or modernised. ...
  • TAI's ANKA on Display in Thailand
    TAI's ANKA on Display in Thailand 8 November 2017
    Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI) showed off at the defence fair being held in the capital of Thailand, Bangkok. TAI, which took part in the fair newspaper with two advertisements, an article and an interview, gave weight to ANKA. In the ANKA introductory article published in English, the UAV of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle was replaced by the UAS (Unmanned Aerial System). On the other hand, the following information about ANKA came to the forefront: The system can be used for ISTAR (Int...
  • TAI Shows Off In Bangkok
    TAI Shows Off In Bangkok 7 November 2017
    Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI) participated in the Bangkok Defense & Security fair held between November 6-9, 2017 with HURKUŞ, T129 ATAK, MMU and ANKA. TAI General Manager Temel Kotil emphasized the importance of the Thai market and added that the meetings and visits were fruitful. The Turkish Ambassador to Thailand, Evren Dağdelen Akgün, visited the TAI booth and received information about the projects in the region and in Thailand. In addition, negotiations were...
  • New Rifle by Israel
    New Rifle by Israel 1 November 2017
    Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) will unveil an upgraded variant of its Tavor assault rifle, the Tavor 7 AR, at the Defence and Security Exhibition Thailand 2017 to be held on 6 November.  Manufactured from an impact-modified polymer, the Tavor 7 AR features a short-stroke gas piston operating system with a four-position variable gas regulator. The company offers rifles with different replaceable barrel lengths (17 and 20 inches) to suit mission requirements. Weigh...
  • TAI Press Release
    TAI Press Release 25 October 2017
    Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) is pleased to announce the model display of its T129 ATAK, ANKA, HÜRKUŞ and TF at Defence & Security Show in Thailand, between November 6–9th, 2017.
  • ATAK Will Fly in Dubai
    ATAK Will Fly in Dubai 25 October 2017
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) will participate Dubai Airshow which is going to be held between 12-16 November 2017. The company's T129 ATAK helicopter will perform demonstration flights in Dubai for the first time. TAI's ANKA-S, HÜRKUŞ and T625 will also be exhibited in the static area.  TAI will also display its products in another defence and security exhibition to be held in Thailand between 6-9 November and reiterate existence in the Asian market.&nbs...
  • Half A Billion Via Two Contracts
    Half A Billion Via Two Contracts 2 June 2017
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $414 million contract by the US Air Force on 1 June for AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) missiles. Lockheed Martin will provide 360 missiles to the service, completing delivery by 31 August 2020. Lockheed will also provide Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) to USAF in a seperate contract worth $200 million. The contract consists of only foreign military sales to various countries includin...
  • China to Support Thailand in Defence Products
    China to Support Thailand in Defence Products 2 May 2017
    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) announced a new agreement on 27 April signed with Royal Thai Army (RTA) in order to support defence trade and cooperation. NORINCO is to provide high-quality products and after-sales support to RTA under this agreement and expand its presence in the Thai defence market.
  • Submarine As a Promotion?
    Submarine As a Promotion? 26 March 2017
    Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha explained that they would supply three submarines from China, two of which they would buy and the other was to be a gift. China wants about $ 392 million for two submarines. In return, China's Yuan class 039A submarine-derived Yuan class S26 T will be gifted. With this announcement, the way to Thailand's sub surface capabilities got opened. The country, which acquired first submarine of Asia in 1937, does not own one since 1951. The co...
  • Missile Support for 10 Countries by Boeing
    Missile Support for 10 Countries by Boeing 15 February 2017
    Boeing has been awarded a $12 million contract to provide spares of Harpoon Missiles and Stand-Off Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) for the US Navy, as well as governments of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, India, Taiwan and Thailand under Foreign Military Sales programme. Relevant work is expected to be completed in December 2018.
  • The First Multi-purpose Frigate of Thailand Launched
    The First Multi-purpose Frigate of Thailand Launched 23 January 2017
    Republic of Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has launched Royal Thai Navy’s (RTN’s) first multi-purpose frigate on 23 January. The relevant contract was signed in August 2013 and has a total value of $410 million. 122,5 metre-long platform has a displacement of 3 thousand 650 tonnes and is able to accomodate a crew of 136.
  • Thailand To Retire Its Entire Patrol Boat Fleet
    Thailand To Retire Its Entire Patrol Boat Fleet 20 January 2017
    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) decided to retire its missile-capable patrol boats by 2026. During a presentation on 17 January, the chief of the RTN's submarine squadron stated that the Ratcharit and Prabparapak class vessels were no longer sufficient considering present asymmetric security challenges. RTN’s Ratcharit and Prabparapak class vessels have been in service for more than 40 years.
  • Thailand Chose Chinese-made MBTs
    Thailand Chose Chinese-made MBTs 5 January 2017
    The Royal Thai Army signed a deal with China for 28 VT-4 main battle tanks and will acquire 21 additional vehicles within the fiscal year 2017 to complete a fleet of 49 tanks. VT-4 main battle tanks, also known as the MBT 3000, have been designed and manufactured by the China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO). The VT-4 has a 125 mm smoothbore cannon and a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun on the turret.  The vehicle’s fire control system consists of laser rangefinder, panoramic sight,...
  • New 'Harpoon' Contract to Boeing
    New 'Harpoon' Contract to Boeing 22 December 2016
    Boeing has been awarded a $207 million contract to provide 51 Harpoon anti-ship missile systems and components to Egypt, Korea and Brazil.  The contract also covers components and spares for the Navy; and the governments of Japan, Australia, Thailand, India, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, and Taiwan. Relevant work is expected to be completed in March 2021. The all-weather Harpoon missiles use active radar homing, and a low-level, sea-skimming cruise trajectory for improved su...
  • Airbus Passed Tests
    Airbus Passed Tests 24 November 2016
    Thailand tested its newly acquired Airbus H145M helicopters on an Endurance-class landing platform dock. A Royal Thai Navy (RTN) H145M underwent a series of deck landing trials on HTMS Angthong, off the coast of Pattaya on 22 November. The contract for five H145M helicopters were signed with Airbus Helicopters in 2014.  Powered by Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines, H145Ms are designed for various military operations such as search-and-rescue (SAR), reconnaissance, and medical evacuation...
  • Caracal Augmentee for Thailand
    Caracal Augmentee for Thailand 5 October 2016
    Thailand ordered two additional EC725 Caracal multirole helicopters for the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF). Airbus Helicopters announced the new order on 4 October, which is planned to be delivered in 2019. With this new order, Thailand brought the total number up to eight EC725 Caracal helicopters. Reportedly, Thailand considers placing more additional orders. RTAF uses EC725’s primarily for the combat search-and-rescue (CSAR), search-and-rescue (SAR), and troop transportation roles. &nbs...
  • Thailand Takes Up Production of Ukrainian APCs
    Thailand Takes Up Production of Ukrainian APCs 21 September 2016
    Thailand is getting ready to collaborate with Ukraine concerning the production of 8x8 BTR-3E1 armoured personnel carrier in Thailand. A press release published on 16 September confirmed that the two countries came together on 14 September to discuss expanding military-technical collaboration between them. The main subject of this meeting was technology transfers, as Thailand intends to build BTR-3E1s to meet the requirements of the Royal Thai Army (RTA). The first phase of this production pl...
  • New Order to Saab
    New Order to Saab 11 September 2016
    Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia placed an order with Saab, for RBS 70 missiles. This order is a part of the previously signed contract, which was announced by Saab on 22 October 2015. The Latvian Air Force test-fired the RBS 70 and the latest generation RBS 70 NG in June this year during the air defence exercise “Baltic Zenith 2016”. The RBS 70 has laser beam riding guidance and a laser beam detector mounted at the back of the missile. It is a modern air defence miss...
  • Thailand's First M58 Completed Sea Trials 30 August 2016
    Liemsing, the first M58 patrol boat of Thailand, has completed a series of sea trials in the Gulf of Thailand in August. Trials included speed and endurance tests, turning radius verifications and crash stop tests. Designed to be delivered to the Royal Thai Navy (RTN), M58 is expected to perform constabulary duties such as search and rescue, and fishing areas enforcement. The vessel is armed with a 76/62 mm artillery gun, a 30 mm cannon, and two 12.7 mm machine guns. With its o...