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    Quote Originally Posted by MCGunner View Post
    Skyman,

    Great post.

    Do you happen to have any photos of Thai Marines using/employing/training with the RPG-7.

    I cannot find the disk of pictures I took last year in [SIZE=-1]Sattahip and[/SIZE][SIZE=-1] Samaesan[/SIZE][SIZE=-1].

    Thank you.

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    I never know that Thai Marine use RPG-7 before!!! so I don't have a photo either. Sorry

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    Default do u have border contries armed forces images?

    thanks for ur thai military pictures...
    I like to see also Burma,Cambodia,malaysia,Laos military power and images,please,share above contries military images if you have already collect the images.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCGunner View Post
    Mai Pen Rai Krab

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    thanks for ur thai military pictures...
    I like to see also Burma,Cambodia,malaysia,Laos military power and images,please,share above contries military images if you have already collect the images.
    I'll try

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    Royal Thai Air Force receives final delivery of Lockheed Martin F-16s

    July 17, 2003 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Last Friday, Thailand's Korat Air Base received the final three of 16 refurbished Lockheed Martin F-16s. The delivery completes the third F-16 squadron for the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF).

    The U.S. Air Force refurbished and delivered the aircraft. Lockheed Martin provided the upgrade kits for refurbishment and will provide logistics support and maintenance training. Six F-16s were delivered in Augustfour more in October and the remainder on July 11th.

    Air Chief Marshal Kongsak Vantana, commander-in-chief of the RTAF, accepted the aircraft and expressed his appreciation to the U.S. Air Force and F-16 industrial team, led by Lockheed Martin, for the professional completion of the Peace Naresuan IV program.

    Thailand has received 36 new F-16A/Bs in three previous buys delivered between 1988 and 1996. Thailand's F-16s, which have been operating for 15 years, have more than 60,000 flight hours.

    The aircraft in the current order came from USAF storage at the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center in Tucson, Ariz. The planes were transferred to Ogden Air Logistics Center for incorporation of the Falcon Up structural upgrade and other modifications. The engines were upgraded to the F100-PW-220E configuration by the Pratt & Whitney San Antonio Engine Center and will match the other RTAF F-16 engines.

    This group of aircraft consists of 15 F-16A single-seat models and one F-16B two-seat model. The last six aircraft supported training in the United States before being sent to Asia.

    Thailand is one of six countries that have acquired more than 150 F-16A/Bs from USAF storage. This month, the Italian Air Force received the same version selected by Thailand.

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    Yala, 8.00 (GMT+7). Militant hide the bomb in the motorcycle and call the police for inspection . After a number of police and press enter the area, the militant activated the bomb, cause 1 officer dead and 22 of police and press injured.
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    China-Thailand stage combined training of special troops

    China and Thailand on Monday started their first-ever combined training of special troops in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province.

    Coded "Strike-2007", the two-week training also marks the first joint military training China held with other countries.


    "The training is a new way of cooperation between Chinese and foreign military forces," Zhang Qinsheng, commander of Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Guangzhou Military Area Command, said at the ceremony to launch the training.

    "Compared with joint military exercises, the combined training means cooperation in a deeper sense," he said.

    As a combined training generally lasts longer than a joint military exercise, it offers trainees more opportunities to have a closer observation of other military forces, regarding arms equipment, campaign-related thinking, and personnel quality, Zhang said.

    The anti-terror training involves 30 soldiers from the special troops of both sides. Divided into three stages, the training include climbing, shooting, combat techniques, jungle crossing, and study on tactics of special forces.

    Zhang said the training will help deter terrorist forces and safeguard regional peace and stability.

    Malai Keewtiang, assistant Chief of Staff of the Royal Thailand Army, said the training showcased the substantive cooperation between the armies of China and Thailand.

    China and Thailand held their first joint search and rescue exercise in December 2005. Since then, the two have planned and prepared for the combined training.

    Yang Yi, an expert with the PLA National Defense University, said the training will lead to more combined drills between China and other countries.

    Source: Xinhua

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    Indonesia, Thailand seek new fighters

    Indonesia and Thailand are making moves towards acquiring new fighter jets, although industry sources say that any procurement is unlikely to begin until the start of the next decade.

    Thailand is the likelier of the two South-East Asian countries to make the first move, with its air force chief saying the service is seeking $1 billion over the next five years to buy new helicopters and aircraft. The priority, Air Chief Marshal Chalit Pukphasuk says, is to replace the kingdom's two fleets of Northrop F-5Es that have been in service since the 1970s and are due to be decommissioned around 2011.

    While a competition is not officially under way, aircraft manufacturers have held informal talks with Bangkok for the initial sale of up to 12 fighters. However, Chalit rules out Russia's MiG-29, which is in service with neighbours such as Malaysia, saying: "You wouldn't want a fighter jet that your neighbours have more experience on. You would want one that is a little bit more advanced than what your neighbours have."

    Saab, producer of the Gripen, is believed to be one of the frontrunners because of the growing defence ties between Sweden and Thailand. The company is seeking its first Gripen sale in Asia, and industry sources say that it is offering Thailand a competitive package that includes cheap loans. Others are not resting on their laurels. Boeing's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin's F-16 are also likely to be considered and both companies will look to capitalise on long-standing defence ties between the USA and Thailand. The Sukhoi Su-30 and Dassault Rafale could also take part in a tender.

    Indonesia is also looking to refresh its air force, and the service's chief of staff says the country wants to replace the Rockwell OV-10 Bronco, BAE Systems Hawk 53, F-5 and possibly upgrade its F-16A/Bs. Among the aircraft being considered are the Aero Vodochody L-159, Chengdu K-8 and Korea Aerospace Industries KO-1B turboprop trainer.

    "A team has already conducted a study and provided some input which we will submit after 2009," says Marshal Herman Prayitno. "The air force still has to consider the capability of the new aircraft. We hope they could perform various missions, especially to replace the ground attack role of the OV-10, the ambush function of the F-5, as well as the trainer function."

    The problem, however, is financing. While the Indonesian economy has been growing over the past few years, poverty alleviation remains a government priority. "It might be difficult for the government to justify spending a billion dollars on new aircraft when sections of society are still struggling," says an observer.

    http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...-fighters.html

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    RTAF got 59 F-16s in service in 3 sqn. 16 of them is ADF model.

    The thing is our F-5 is very old and took away many pilot's life. we need to decommission one sqn. in the coming year. Another Israeli-upgraded sqn. will be retired in next 5 - 6 years.

    Thailand's fighter type 20th program is like a drama for more than 4 years. First we look for 12 Gripens and 6 Su-30. After that they need 12 F-16s. After after they close to buy Su-30. But for now there are many fighter in the equation.

    But the program is on the final stage. Rumor said that RTAF already has the model they need in their mind. Just wait for the money from the govt and they gonna announces the winner. For now the possible candidates is limit to Gripen and F-16 Block 50/52+.

    The most number we will get is 12 or even 6 and 6 for the option. Budget constraint is the main reason. But I believe that RTAF will signed any contact after the election which is due to conduct on late 2007 or early 2008.

    Hope everything will be fine. Everyone don't want to wait any longer. :P

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    Thai air force plans $1 bln shopping spree


    Updated: 7:06 a.m. ET July 17, 2007
    BANGKOK - Thailand's air force wants to splash out $1 billion on fighter jets and helicopters over the next five years, air force chief Chalit Pukphasuk said on Tuesday. The spending spree, denied for five years under deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, is likely to raise further questions about the motives of the military chiefs who launched last year's coup.

    "Our first priority is the fighter jets," Chalit told ******* in an interview, saying the Royal Thai Air Force had to replace one of its two 16-jet fleets of F-5E fighters that have been in service for more than four decades.

    The jets are due to be decommissioned in 2011

    Chalit declined to confirm Thai newspaper reports that Sweden's Gripen had emerged as favourite, saying the decision had not been made by the air force's selection panel.

    "I can't say for now what exactly we want to buy because it depends on our needs and the willingness of the seller," he said.

    But he said he would not buy Russia's MiG-29, which are already in service in neighbouring Myanmar and Malaysia.

    "You wouldn't want a fighter jet that your neighbours have more experience on. You would want the one that is a little bit more advanced than what your neighbours have," he said.

    Other models mentioned are Russia's Sukhoi Su-30, France's Rafael and the U.S.-made F-16.

    The air force's request for a new fighter fleet had been talked about since Thaksin came to power in 2001, but never got off the ground.

    Thaksin once pushed for Sweden or Russia to buy unwanted frozen chicken from Thailand in return for jets, but the barter trade idea fell through.

    Since the coup last September, Thailand's army-appointed government has approved a 66 percent increase in military spending, sparking criticism of the generals who launched what was the country's 18 putsch in 75 years of on-off democracy.

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    OK!!!

    We've seen enough Thai army , now post only Thai-girls pictures please..
    I think we all agree on that..

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    Royal Thai Air Force OV-10C Bronco.

    Without Bronco, one of the greatest aircraft in RTAF, we will never win the war on communist.

    Royal Thai Air Force OV-10C Bronco


    A view to kill



    Medal recieved during the service time



    Canopy



    Cockpit



    Engine



    Front


    Thai Bronco used to paticipate in the Ban Nam Ta Airbase raid in Laos in 1988. The attack was success and we lost one Bronco (Hitted by SAM-7)


    We give some of our decommissioned Broncos to Philippine.


    Now They are stay in RTAF Musuem and Tango Historical Squadorn in Chiang Mai

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    China-Thailand stage combined training of special troops

    China and Thailand on Monday started their first-ever combined training of special troops in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province.

    Coded "Strike-2007", the two-week training also marks the first joint military training China held with other countries.










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    RTN Super Lynx 300 In Action, Landing On HTMS Pattani.


















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    Thai minister defends military spending spree

    :50 a.m. August 3, 2007


    By Nop**** Wong-Anan BANGKOK Thailand's post-coup defence minister defended a 24 percent hike in military spending on Friday and said the army was eyeing a $120 million purchase of Ukrainian-made armoured vehicles this year.

    Boonrawd Somtas said the military needed new tanks, ships, fighter jets and helicopters after the 1997/98 Asian financial crisis had capped annual defence spending at 80 billion baht ($2.4 billion) in the past decade.

    The defence budget for the current fiscal year to end-September was 115 billion baht, but that was not enough to buy new weapons, Boonrawd told ******* in an interview.

    'Most of the budget goes to the troops, we can't afford new weapons. We have just enough to repair the old ones,' the retired army general said.

    The military has faced criticism for buying new equipment at a time when the country's economic growth has slowed due to post-coup political uncertainty.

    The army, air force and navy would start buying new weapons in the next fiscal year when military spending is set to rise to 143 billion baht, a combined 66 percent increase since the coup that ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra last September.

    The military-appointed parliament is expected to approve the 2007/08 defence budget by September.

    Big-ticket items on the generals' shopping list included 34 billion baht in new jet fighters to replace ageing American-made F-5Es.

    Boonrawd said the air force had not yet chosen a new fighter from a list that included Sweden's Gripen, the Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30, France's Rafael and the American-made F-16, of which Thailand already flies an older model.

    He said the army favoured buying Ukraine's BTR-3E1 armoured personnel vehicles, produced by state-owned Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau, because it was the cheapest of nine bidders.

    Boonrawd said Canada, Russia and China had lobbied hard for their bids, but price was the deciding factor.

    'Canadian vehicles are excellent, but we would get only half of the 96 vehicles we will get from Ukraine. It's like buying Japanese cars over European cars,' he said.

    Security analysts have questioned the focus on price alone, saying maintenance costs and availability of spare parts should be considered as well.

    Boonrawd said all factors would be taken into consideration by the military's procurement team.

    'If they think the Ukrainian vehicles are good and propose it to me, I will pass it on to the cabinet for approval,' he said.

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    Eye in the sky

    Published on Aug 1, 2007

    Unmanned aerial spy planes developed in the country are set to gather intelligence in deep South

    The Royal Thai Army is planning to fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) over the deep South in the near future.


    A UAV is an aircraft capable of flying on its own or by remote control. The aircraft's key strategic advantage is that it can fly in dangerous circumstances. If it crashes or is lost, there is no subsequent death, injury or capture of crew.

    The main missions for UAVs will be to conduct reconnaissance searches and artillery adjustment.

    "The UAV is going to help a lot. It will be better than installing closed-circuit television systems all over the area," said Colonel Jakrawut Somapi, commander of the 72nd Artillery Brigade.

    "UAVs are like flying robots. They have great advantages and reduce constraints," he said.

    Jakrawut also played a role in the UAV development project. The Thailand Research Fund (TRF) and the Defence Ministry's Office of Research and Development are among the key agencies behind the project, from which the Artillery Division has already ordered 10 half-scale UAVs.

    The TRF's deputy director, Assoc Professor Dr Suthira Prasertsan, said the project had already handed over two half-scale UAVs.

    "We will hand over eight others in October," he said.

    Suthira said the purchases of half-scale UAVs should save the division at least Bt600 million. The half-scale type, which can be used for flight training, can fly at a speed of 700 knots and at an altitude of about 2,000 metres.



    Suthira said the project's higher-performance, full-scale UAV was still under development.

    "We will fully test the system next month," he said.

    The project's engineer, Sittichok Sittiracha, said his team had based their UAV on the Searcher Mark I UAV that Thailand bought from Israel 10 years ago.

    "Now, we have developed more modern technology to use with our vehicles," he said.


    He added that the communication system between the project's new UAV and its controllers on the ground had been improved. The Thai UAV is also smaller, with a wing span of less than seven metres.

    Sittichok said the production cost of a half-scale UAV was between Bt300,000 and Bt400,000. If imported, a similar vehicle would cost Bt1.2 million.

    He said the UAV project also boasted a flight-control system which allowed for the inclusion of updated software for new missions.

    With the proven efficiency of the Thai UAV, the armed forces and the TRF are now interested in producing the model for commercial purposes.

    Jakrawut said the UAV could help in aerial mapping, filming, news reporting and pollution surveying.

    "They can be used for training pilots and, through development, for some specific jobs," he added.

    Suthira believes the UAV development project will be good for the country's national security and economic prospects.

    In a statement, the TRF said the UAV could be used to track down runaway criminal suspects, drug traffickers, illegal immigrants and suspicious vehicles.

    In addition, it could be of great use in rescue operations and forest-fire extinguishing; farmland, road and railway surveying; weather forecasting; and communications relaying.


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