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    Quote Originally Posted by signatory View Post
    Heh and I had never even noticed it was a onion

    But I did notice Saab has made an error in the text about Thailand... it says you're getting Saab 2000
    Oh yes they did the mistake. Just see that.

    So let strict on the text. Give us Saab 2000. Give us Saab 2000. Give us Saab 2000.

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    BTW, got any photos of RBS 70 in Thai use ?
    RBS-70.



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    [SIZE="4"]Beijing 2008[/SIZE]

    BTW, congratulation to Thailand team in Beijing 2008. Even we fail to reach the expected goal but we can earn 2 Golds and 2 Silvers. Thailand rank 31th in World table. Number 4 in Asia and number 1 in ASEAN.



    Lieutenant Somjit Jongcohor of Royal Thai Army. 33. The gold medal winner of flyweight 51 kg division boxing in Beijing 2008. As a reward, he will be promoted to Captian when he come back to Thailand.


    Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakul. The gold medal winner of women's 53kg weightlifting in Beijing 2008. She will apply for the job in Royal Thai Army after the game and RTA is looking to accept her request.
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    oh my, how did they get from 39 or 240 to 2000?

    So skyman, you still watch those japanese cartoon show?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EStrike101 View Post
    oh my, how did they get from 39 or 240 to 2000?

    So skyman, you still watch those japanese cartoon show?
    I still watch Doraemon, mate.

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    [SIZE="4"]Griping about the Gripen [/SIZE]

    The House armed services committee has the air force's newest fighter squarely in its sights, writes Surasak Tumcharoen


    Although the military has already signed the 19-billion-baht deal to buy six JAS 39C/D Gripen combat aircraft from Sweden, a group of civilian MPs are arguing the contract should be cancelled. They say the ageing US-made F-5 Tiger fighters which the Gripens will replace could be refurbished and upgraded for far less, and continue to do an adequate job.

    The House armed services committee chairman Somchai Phetprasert raised the issue.

    He said the the public was aware of the purchase of the first six of the multi-role jets, with the first scheduled for delivery in 2011.

    The order was placed and signed for by air force commander-in-chief ACM Chalit Phukpasuk, he said.

    But it was not so well known that the air force planned the gradual procurement of a dozen of the Gripen jets, not just six, with the additional planes due to arrive after 2013.

    Under the government-to-government agreement, the Swedish manufacturer, Saab, will initially deliver four one-seat and two two-seat fighters under the 19-billion-baht deal. The budget had been approved over a five-year period, with 10% to be paid in the current fiscal year.

    The JAS 39C/D aircraft have a 27mm Mauser cannon and can carry US-made Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and Maverick air-to-surface missiles. They reach a speed of Mach 2 and have a combat radius of 800 kilometres.

    They were destined for deployment at Air Base 71 in Surat Thani province, where they would replace the F-5 fighters.

    The House committee chairman, who was a police colonel before he entered the political arena a decade ago, said his committee might bring up the Gripen jet purchase for debate.

    They would not concentrate on the earlier question of whether the deal breached Article 190 of the constitution because it did not receive prior approval from the House of Representatives.

    Mr Somchai said his committee would focus on whether the Swedish jets were compatible with current air force facilities, equipment and personnel.

    Did the deal include maintenance and spare parts for the planes after 2013, when the five-year purchase deal was complete, he asked.

    Mr Somchai said it also remained to be seen how cost-effective the Gripen fighters would ultimately be, given the incredibly high price of US$93 million each.

    That compared with only $42 million for each of 26 Gripen fighters ordered by South Africa.

    Mr Somchai said most air force pilots and crew were trained in the use of American weapon systems, software and aviation technology. Many had undergone intensive training courses in the United States so they fly the US-made aircraft deployed at various air bases nationwide.

    Besides the ageing F-5 jets, there were the F-16 Falcon fighters which, according to the House committee chairman, many senior air force officers believed were even more reliable than the Gripen fighters.

    He called for the rebuilding of the existing F-5s, especially the squadron deployed at Air Base 71 in Surat Thani province, which is to be decommissioned.

    He said other aircraft throughout the country would also gradually be taken out of service because of lack of funds for maintenance and repairs.

    Mr Somchai feared the cost of maintaining the airworthiness of the Swedish aircraft would be a far bigger drain on the tax purse.

    When testifying before Mr Somchai's panel at parliament, air force officers had admitted that existing repair and maintenance programmes for the F-5s would have to be terminated to meet the costly payments for the Gripen aircraft, along with some logistic support projects.

    Support programmes for the F-16 fighters, the most modern combat-ready planes in service with the air force, might also have to be downsized.

    Mr Somchai said the US was not happy with the decision to buy the Gripens, and he doubted the Americans would continue to supply missiles and other weaponry for the Swedish jets in the years ahead.

    Air force chief Chalit Phukphasuk, however, has rejected all criticism of the Swedish jets and the plan to buy them.

    The Gripen jets use shorter runways for landing and takeoff than the American planes, ACM Chalit told Bangkok Post earlier this year.

    ''Gripens are more suitable for operations over the sea,'' said ACM Chalit.

    The fighters would be the frontline protector of the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. They would also be available for use in the far southern provinces where an insurgency has raged since 2004.

    ''The Gripens will provide air cover for the Thai navy,'' he said.

    ''They will not be here as part of an arms race. They will be here for defence purposes.''

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/260808_Ne...008_news30.php

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    This is a political-driven move. (ACM Chalit is ex-Junta and armed services committee of the house is Thaksin ally) It has a little impact since PM always showing that he do not want to clash with miliary. (Government needs military to prevent another coup)

    The earlier attempt to brought Gripen case to the constitutional court is fail too because they see no way how they can destroy this deal. So they need to come up with the new attack like the reason they have mentioned. (Silly reason)

    Don't worry much.

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    Thanks for the RBS-70 pics Skyman...

    Mr Somchai.. what a poster boy for politicans ! (Either stupid or lying.. )

    Skyman, FMV told me there's no pics available on the Thai visit to Gotland 2 weeks ago.. if some still come up they will send me... but I doubt it.

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    Hi,

    Is anyone knows some pictures of the Thaï army with reissued japanese helmets, after the world war II ?
    This helmet exactly :




    Thanks a lot.

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    Default In History: Thai troops in World War I & II

    Quote Originally Posted by WorldWarHelmets View Post
    Hi,

    Is anyone knows some pictures of the Thaï army with reissued japanese helmets, after the world war II ?
    I don't have much photo about the Thai Helmet in WWII. Basically, Thai troop used Japanese equipments in that time because Japan forces uses to sign the defense pact with them.

    I try to find some photo but I got only of these.





    In addition. This is Thai helmet in WWI.



    Thai soldier in Germany during WWI. This photo was taken in 1918. Thai soldier joint WWI with ally force.

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    Thai volunteer force in WWI marching passed Arc de Triomphe in Paris in the WWI victory ceremony. The flag in this photo is keeps in National Museum.



    Siamese Tank crew in 1930



    In 1933



    Hope this help.

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    AEROSPACE

    [SIZE="4"]Iran satellite gets Thai help[/SIZE]

    ******* AND BANGKOK POST


    TEHERAN / Thailand has helped Iran put a joint research satellite into space. It went into orbit yesterday after being launched atop a Chinese rocket.

    The launch was announced by Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Soleimani on Iranian television.

    He said Iran, China and Thailand had worked together on the satellite, which was equipped with cameras and was aimed at boosting cooperation in coping with natural disasters such as earthquakes.

    In Bangkok, Information and Communications Technology Minister Mun Patanotai said Thailand cooperated with China, Iran, Pakistan, Mongolia, Bangladesh and South Korea to develop a small multi-mission satellite (SMMS) for non-military purposes.

    The satellite, with a low earth orbit and weighing only 510kg, has the capa bility of tracking natural resources, disasters, agriculture management, doing geographic surveys and scientific testing.

    Thailand was responsible for developing telecommunication equipment with a Ka-band frequency for the satellite.

    The countries cooperated under the Asia-Pacific Multilateral Cooperation on Space Technology amd Application pact.

    The Iranian announcement came only a few weeks after Iran said on Aug 17 it had put a dummy satellite into orbit on a domestically made rocket for the first time. US officials said the attempted launch was a failure.

    China is among six world powers seeking to convince Iran to halt nuclear work the West fears is aimed at making bombs, but it has been reluctant to consider steps that might hurt its energy ties with the world's fourth-largest oil exporter.

    Iran caused international concern in February by testing a domestically made rocket as part of its satellite programme, the Explorer 1. It said it needed two more similar tests before putting a domestically made satellite into orbit.

    The long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into space can also be used for launching weapons.

    The West believes Teheran is seeking to develop more advanced missile technology so it can launch atomic warheads. Iran denies any such intention and says its nuclear programme is peaceful.

    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who visited Beijing on Saturday, last month said Iran planned to launch a telecommunications satellite.

    The head of Iran's aerospace organisation, Reza Taghipour, said Iran was working with Russia and other Asian states to launch a satellite.

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/080908_Ne...008_news21.php

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    Basicly, as far as I know from news here, this is a join project between Thailand and China (and some country) for 15 years. SMMS is a small low-orbit geographical sattellite.


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    Cool, I hope we get Shin corp back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EStrike101 View Post
    Cool, I hope we get Shin corp back.
    Thaksin have jumped bail to UK. Whats going to happen to his properties left behind in Thailand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EStrike101 View Post
    Cool, I hope we get Shin corp back.
    If you want Shin corp back you need to buy back because the Singaporean fund buy them. You can not go and say 'hey! give it to me'. We can not do the Venezuela thing here.

    Quote Originally Posted by tankee1981 View Post
    Thaksin have jumped bail to UK. Whats going to happen to his properties left behind in Thailand?
    It still belong to him except the freezing money of 70 billion Baht that on trail in the court.

    And .... This is not a political thread. Please leave it aside.

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    [SIZE="4"]Approval for guns, vessel, Klong Dan[/SIZE]
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    UDON THANI : The cabinet yesterday approved a 6.2-billion-baht budget for the army and navy to buy weapons and other equipment under a plan to modernise the defence forces.

    All deals will be made through government-to-government contracts, government spokesman Pol Lt-Gen Wichienchote Sukchoterat said.

    The army received permission to purchase 531 Negev rifles made in Israel at a cost of 140 million baht and to sign a long-term financial commitment to buy 15,037 Tavor rifles, also from Israel, for another one billion baht. The Tavor deal is over three years, from now until 2010.

    The army emphasised the firearms were needed to replace weapons which were in poor condition, the spokesman said.

    The cabinet also approved an agreement with Russia to purchase portable air-defence systems at a cost of 132 million baht and a long-term financial commitment for five years to buy a landing craft for five billion baht.

    Pol Lt-Gen Wichienchote said the cabinet also approved the completion of the Klong Dan water treatment project in Samut Prakan, which has been been on hold for over a decade because of corruption cases.

    Since 92% of the construction had already been completed, the cabinet agreed it was better to finish the project, he said

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/100908_Ne...008_news13.php

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    [SIZE="4"]Funding approved for weapons, new Parliament[/SIZE]
    By The Nation, Agencies
    Published on September 10, 2008


    Udon Thani - The Cabinet yesterday approved large amounts of funds to build a new Parliament house complex and to buy military weapons, government spokesmen said.


    The decision came a few hours before the Constitution Court read its verdict disqualifying Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej for his involvement as an employee in two television cooking shows.


    At its mobile meeting in the Northeastern province, the cabinet endorsed a request by the House of Representatives' Secretariat for Bt774 million to build the new parliamentary compound at Bangkok's Kiak Kai area, said Deputy Government Spokesman Nattawut Saikua.


    "The prime minister told the cabinet meeting that the construction project for the new Parliament will continue, and the Kiak Kai area has been considered the most suitable for the project," he said.


    The Government House compound has not been used since anti-government protesters began occupying the grounds two weeks ago.


    The cabinet yesterday also approved the purchase of military weapons worth more than Bt6 billion, Government Spokesman Wichianchot Sukchotrat told reporters.


    The deal includes a Bt4.9-billion amphibious frigate, a small aircraft, a laser mapping system and thousands of rifles and other light weapons.


    "It's related to the Defence Ministry and internal security," the spokesman said.


    The announcement was made before the court ordered Samak, who was also the defence minister, to resign for accepting payments for hosting television cooking shows but that was not expected to have an impact on the arms purchase.


    The government approved the purchase of thousands of rifles and other light arms from Israel, as well as shoulder-fired missiles from Russia, the spokesman said.

    The frigate will be built in Thailand, he said.

    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2008...s_30083054.php

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    Well. This is a second batch of Tavor and Negev. As I said earlier, RTA want to use Tavor as its main rifle. Now the total number of Tavor on order is 30,000 and 1,100 for Negev.

    The SAM system from Russia. It's Igla MANPAD. Those 36 Iglas will go to RTA air defense unit.

    And ...... the cabinet approves the LPD purchase in the budget around 5 billion baht. (144 mil$) The English news does not say much detail but the news in Thai language in Matichon.co.th give us a informative article. It's firmly say that the LPD is from ST Marine. So It should be Endurance-Class LPD.

    ครม.เอาใจ "กองทัพ" อนุมัติ 7 พันล้าน ซื้ออาวุธ-ยุทธโธปกรณ์ ปลุกผี "คลองด่าน" อ้างก่อสร้างเสร็จไปกว่า 98%

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    เอาใจกองทัพอนุมัติ7พันล.ซื้ออาวุธ

    พล.ต.ท.วิเชียรโชติ กล่าวว่า ครม.ยังอนุมัติตามที่กระทรวงกลาโหมขอเสนอจัดซื้ออาวุธยุทโธปกรณ์หลายรายการดังนี้ โดยกองทัพเรือ ขอก่อหนี้ผูกพันข้ามปีงบประมาณโครงการจัดหาเรือยกพลขึ้นบก โดยเป็นการจ้างให้สร้างจำนวน 1 ลำ ราคา 4,943,854,120 บาท ในราคายกเว้นศุลกากร เพื่อใช้สำหรับปฏิบัติการทางทะเล การบรรเทาสาธารณภัย และช่วยเหลือผู้ประสบภัย รวมทั้งเพื่อการฝึกให้กับทหารเรือ

    นอกจากนี้ ยังอนุมติ ให้กองทัพบก 1.ก่อหนี้ผูกพันข้ามปีงบประมาณ โครงการจัดหาปืนเล็กยาว ขนาด 5.56 มิลลิเมตร ระยะที่ 3 จำนวน 15,037 กระบอก วงเงิน 1,012,604,512 บาท จากรัฐบาลประเทศอิสราเอล 2.อนุมัติลงนามในเอกสารข้อตกลงการซื้อขายในฐานะผู้แทนรัฐบาลไทย สำหรับการจัดหาอาวุธนำวิถีต่อสู้อากาศยานระดับต่ำ ชนิดประทับไหล่ยิง แบบนำไปด้วยบุคคล จำนวน 36 หน่วยยิง แบบรัฐบาลต่อรัฐบาล (จีทูจี) ยกเว้นอากรทุกประเภท จากรัฐบาลรัสเซีย วงเงิน 132,402,102 บาท 3.อนุมัติลงนามในเอกสารข้อตกลงการซื้อขายในฐานะผู้แทนรัฐบาลไทยในการจัดซื้อปืนเล็กกลขนาด 5.56 มิลลิเมตร แบบ NEGEV โดย วิธีจีทูจี จากรัฐบาลอิสราเอล จำนวน 531 กระบอก วงเงิน 140,276,691 บาท ยกเว้นภาษีอากรทุกประเภท

    รวมทั้ง ครม.ยังอนุมัติ ตามที่กองบัญชาการกองทัพไทย เสนอจัดซื้อระบบจัดทำแผนที่ด้วยระบบเลเซอร์ พร้อมเครื่องบิน 2 รายการหลัก 13 รายการย่อย โดยวิธีจีทูจี จากรัฐบาลประเทศแคนนาดา วงเงิน 552,449,580 บาท

    พล.ต.ท.วิเชียรโชติ กล่าวว่า สำหรับเหตุผลประกอบการจัดซื้อ ทางกองทัพได้รายงานมาทุกประเภท แต่ไม่สามารถเปิดเผยได้ เพราะเป็นเรื่องลับ แต่ยืนยันว่า การดำเนินการทุกอย่าง ได้ผ่านกระบวนการเป็นลำดับชั้นมาจากแต่ละเหล่าทัพ ตลอดจนผ่านการตรวจสอบโดยผู้บัญชาการเหล่าทัพแล้ว จนมาถึงครม. และถือเป็นเหตุผลความจำเป็นของกระทรวงกลาโหม

    ผู้สื่อข่าวรายงานว่า วงเงินการดำเนินการจัดซื้ออาวุธยุทธโธปกรณ์ที่ครม.อนุมัติให้กระทรวงกลาโหมครั้งนี้ ทั้งหมดมีวงเงินรวมทั้งสิ้นถึง 6,781,587,005 บาท

    รายงานข่าวแจ้งว่า สำหรับการก่อหนี้ผูกพันข้ามปีงบประมาณโครงการจัดหาเรือยกพลขึ้นบก โดยเป็นการจ้างให้สร้างจำนวน 1 ลำ ราคา 4,943,854,120 บาท ของกองทัพเรือนั้น เป็นโครงการจัดหาเรือยกพลขึ้นบกขนาดใหญ่สำหรับใช้ในปฏิบัติการสะเทินน้ำสะเทินบก การขนส่งลำเลียงทางทะเล การช่วยเหลือประชาชน บรรเทาสาธารณภัยต่างๆ และสนับสนุนการฝึกภาคปฏิบัติในทะเลของกองทัพเรือและใช้เป็นฐานปฏิบัติการในทะเล โดยปัจจุบันกองทัพเรือมีเรือยกพลขึ้นบกขนาดใหญ่ จำนวน 4 ลำ และในปี 2551 มีแผนที่จะปลดระวางประจำการจำนวน 2 ลำ เนื่องจากมีสภาพชำรุดไม่คุ้มค่ากับการซ่อมแซม ทำให้เรือยกพลขนาดใหญ่ไม่เพียงพอ จำเป็นต้องหาทดแทน สำหรับการจัดหาเรือยกพลลำใหม่นี้ เป็นการก่อหนี้ผูกพัน ต่อเนื่อง 4 ปี แบ่งเป็น ปี 2551 จำนวน 1 พันล้านบาท ปี 2552 จำนวน 1.4 พันล้านบาท ปี 2553 จำนวน 1.4 พันล้านบาท และปี 2554 จำนวน 1,143,854,120 บาท พร้อมอุปกรณ์ อะไหล่ เครื่องมือ ส่วนสนับสนุน และอื่นๆ ที่เกี่ยวข้อง จากบริษัท Singapore Technologies Marine LTD. จากสาธารณรัฐสิงคโปร์ กำหนดส่งมอบ ณ อู่เรือของผู้รับจ้าง ภายใน 48 เดือน นับถัดจากวันลงนามในสัญญา

    ข่าวแจ้งอีกว่า สำหรับการอนุมัติก่อหนี้ผูกพันข้ามปีงบประมาณของกองทัพบก โครงการจัดหาปืนเล็กยาว ขนาด 5.56 มิลลิเมตร ระยะที่ 3 จำนวน 15,037 กระบอก วงเงิน 1,012,604,512 บาท จากรัฐบาลประเทศอิสราเอล นั้น เป็นการก่อหนี้ผูกพันระหว่างปี 2551-2553 โดยเป็นปืน แบบ TAVOR TAR-21 เพื่อแจกจ่ายให้แก่หน่วยเป้าหมาย ทดแทนของเดิมที่มีสภาพเก่า ล้าสมัย และชำรุด เนื่องจากมีการใช้งานมานาน ทำให้ขาดความแม่นยำในการยิง การจัดหาตามโครงการ จะเป็นการเพิ่มขีดความสามารถความพร้อมรบด้านยุทธโธปกรณ์ให้กับหน่วยกำลังรบหลัก ให้สามารถต่อต้านภัยคุกคามได้อย่างมีประสิทธิภาพ ทั้งนี้ ให้ผบ.ทบ. หรือผู้แทน เป็นผู้ลงนามในความตกลงซื้อขายระหว่างรับบาลไทยกับรัฐบาลอิสราเอล โดยให้รวมถึงการลงนามในเอกสารแก้ไขความตกลงที่อาจเกิดขึ้นในภายหลัง

    ข่าวแจ้งว่า สำหรับการอนุมัติลงนามในเอกสารข้อตกลงการซื้อขายในฐานะผู้แทนรัฐบาลไทย สำหรับการจัดหาอาวุธนำวิถีต่อสู้อากาศยานระดับต่ำ ชนิดประทับไหล่ยิง แบบนำไปด้วยบุคคล จำนวน 36 หน่วยยิง จากรัฐบาลรัสเซีย วงเงิน 132,402,102 บาท และการอนุมัติลงนามในเอกสารข้อตกลงการซื้อขายในฐานะผู้แทนรัฐบาลไทยในการจัดซื้อปืนเล็กกลขนาด 5.56 มิลลิเมตร แบบ NEGEV จากรัฐบาลอิสราเอล 531 กระบอก วงเงิน 140,276,691, บาท กระทรวงการต่างประเทศรายงานว่า สามารถดำเนินการได้โดยไม่เข้าข่ายหนังสือสัญญาตามมาตรา 190 วรรค 2 แห่งรัฐธรรมนูญ 2550

    http://www.matichon.co.th/news_detai...sid=1220969004
    So, in summary.

    1. 15,037 x TAR-21 Tavor (30mil$)
    2. 531 x Negev (4mil$)
    3. 1 x Endurance-Class LPD from ST Marine (144mil$)
    4. 2 x Mapping aircraft from Canada (unknown type) (16mil$)
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    [SIZE=4]Approval for guns, vessel, Klong Dan[/SIZE]
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    UDON THANI : The cabinet yesterday approved a 6.2-billion-baht budget for the army and navy to buy weapons and other equipment under a plan to modernise the defence forces.

    All deals will be made through government-to-government contracts, government spokesman Pol Lt-Gen Wichienchote Sukchoterat said.

    The army received permission to purchase 531 Negev rifles made in Israel at a cost of 140 million baht and to sign a long-term financial commitment to buy 15,037 Tavor rifles, also from Israel, for another one billion baht. The Tavor deal is over three years, from now until 2010.

    The army emphasised the firearms were needed to replace weapons which were in poor condition, the spokesman said.

    The cabinet also approved an agreement with Russia to purchase portable air-defence systems at a cost of 132 million baht and a long-term financial commitment for five years to buy a landing craft for five billion baht.

    Pol Lt-Gen Wichienchote said the cabinet also approved the completion of the Klong Dan water treatment project in Samut Prakan, which has been been on hold for over a decade because of corruption cases.

    Since 92% of the construction had already been completed, the cabinet agreed it was better to finish the project, he said

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/100908_Ne...008_news13.php

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    [SIZE=4]Funding approved for weapons, new Parliament[/SIZE]
    By The Nation, Agencies
    Published on September 10, 2008


    Udon Thani - The Cabinet yesterday approved large amounts of funds to build a new Parliament house complex and to buy military weapons, government spokesmen said.


    The decision came a few hours before the Constitution Court read its verdict disqualifying Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej for his involvement as an employee in two television cooking shows.


    At its mobile meeting in the Northeastern province, the cabinet endorsed a request by the House of Representatives' Secretariat for Bt774 million to build the new parliamentary compound at Bangkok's Kiak Kai area, said Deputy Government Spokesman Nattawut Saikua.


    "The prime minister told the cabinet meeting that the construction project for the new Parliament will continue, and the Kiak Kai area has been considered the most suitable for the project," he said.


    The Government House compound has not been used since anti-government protesters began occupying the grounds two weeks ago.


    The cabinet yesterday also approved the purchase of military weapons worth more than Bt6 billion, Government Spokesman Wichianchot Sukchotrat told reporters.


    The deal includes a Bt4.9-billion amphibious frigate, a small aircraft, a laser mapping system and thousands of rifles and other light weapons.


    "It's related to the Defence Ministry and internal security," the spokesman said.


    The announcement was made before the court ordered Samak, who was also the defence minister, to resign for accepting payments for hosting television cooking shows but that was not expected to have an impact on the arms purchase.


    The government approved the purchase of thousands of rifles and other light arms from Israel, as well as shoulder-fired missiles from Russia, the spokesman said.

    The frigate will be built in Thailand, he said.

    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2008...s_30083054.php

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    Well. This is a second batch of Tavor and Negev. As I said earlier, RTA want to use Tavor as its main rifle. Now the total number of Tavor on order is 30,000 and 1,100 for Negev.

    The SAM system from Russia. It's Igla MANPAD. Those 36 Iglas will go to RTA air defense unit.

    And ...... the cabinet approves the LPD purchase in the budget around 5 billion baht. (144 mil$) The English news does not say much detail but the news in Thai language in Matichon.co.th give us a informative article. It's firmly say that the LPD is from ST Marine. So It should be Endurance-Class LPD.



    So, in summary.

    1. 15,037 x TAR-21 Tavor (30mil$)
    2. 531 x Negev (4mil$)
    3. 1 x Endurance-Class LPD from ST Marine (144mil$)
    4. 2 x Mapping aircraft from Canada (unknown type) (16mil$)
    This is Great! I believe this is the 1st confirmed sales of the Endurance class LST, maybe Thailand's version is larger as RSN chose the smaller version in the past as it best suits our needs.

    But will the sales be affected by the serious political turmoil in Bangkok? I mean the current PM is trying very hard to hang on to power and he is facing very strong opposition.

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    Thanks skyman for your answer.
    For information, the chankra was appeared in the 20's, the Thaï insignia was different during ww1.

    I still search some pictures of the Thaï army or police after world war 2, with reissued japanese helmets.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tankee1981 View Post
    This is Great! I believe this is the 1st confirmed sales of the Endurance class LST, maybe Thailand's version is larger as RSN chose the smaller version in the past as it best suits our needs.

    But will the sales be affected by the serious political turmoil in Bangkok? I mean the current PM is trying very hard to hang on to power and he is facing very strong opposition.
    I don't think the political situation will effect this project. OK PM Samak is was forced resign but the next PM still come from the currect collation government. But whoever will become PM, they will not want to intervene the military because they need armed force's support to avoid another coup.

    Translation from the Thai news above on the LPD matter.

    The Gov't spokesman said the LPD project will be a multiple-year budgetary plan. RTN will build 1 LPD that cost 4,943,854,120 Baht. LPD will be used in amphibious mission, sea transportation, rescue, disaster relief, training, and sea-base HQ. Today RTN operates 4 landing craft and 2 of them will be decommissioned in 2008 because they are not worth to operate and repair, causing RTN do not have enough ship to conduct missions. This procurement is base on a multiple-year spending plan. RTN will pay 1 billion Baht in 2008, 1.4 billion Baht in 2009 and 2010, and 1,143,854,120 Baht in 2011. The project includes equipment, spare part, support and its associated equipment from Singapore Technologies Marine LTD. from Republic of Singapore. The delivery date is 48 months from the contact-signing day in the contractor's dockyard.
    RTN ship might be larger.

    RTN requirement on LPD. The requirement might changed this day but I think not that much.


    Annex 1 General requirements of RTN Landing Platform Dock (LPD)
    1.1 Type : LANDING PLATFORM DOCK : LPD
    1.2 Project : 2 Ships ; Project period : 2006 - 2010
    1.3 Capability Needs
    1.3.1 Amphibious transport
    1.3.2 Disaster relief, Evacuation operations, Humanitarian assistance and civil support
    1.3.3 Search and Rescue
    1.3.4 Training
    1.4 General Characteristics and Specification
    1.4.1 Displacement 6,000 – 9,000 Tons (full load)
    1.4.2 Max continuous speed not less than 20 knots
    1.4.3 Range : not less than 5,000 NM at economic speed 15 knots
    1.4.4 Endurance at least 45 days
    1.4.5 Operation at sea up to sea state 6
    1.4.6 The vessel’s aviation support for helicopter weight up to 22,000 pounds
    1.4.7 Propulsion system Diesel engine
    1.4.8 Armament Main gun 76 mm. with fire control system
    Secondary guns 20 mm. and .50 inches
    CIWS
    1.4.9 Transport Capacity Flight Deck At least 2 spots for helicopters weight 22,000 pounds
    Dock : +3 x LCM or +2 x HOVERCRAFT or 2 x Fast Interceptor
    Deck : Carrying area not less than 150 m3, Space for 20AAVs and 30 Medium trucks
    TROOPS : not less than 500 including ship crews

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    A very little movements from RTA ^.^ - may be a demonstration for visitors.

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