Newly as Thailand’s Defense Minister, Yingluck OK US$500 million S.Korea frigate buy

Royal Thai Navy HTMS Phutthaloetla Naphalai

Royal Thai Navy HTMS Phutthaloetla Naphalai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The cabinet is on Tuesday approved the navy’s plan to procure a new frigate worth US$500 billion baht from South Korea. Prime Minister and newly Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra reportedly backs the plan and met navy commander Adm Surasak Rounroengrom recently. Under the proposal, the navy will contract Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering to build the frigate developed from the Kwanggaeto Class Destroyer (KDX-I) that has stealth technology. The frigate will be completed within 5 years after the signing of the contract. The scheme is part of the navy’s plan to procure two new frigates with US$1 billion baht plan to replace HTMS Phutthayotfa Chulalok and HTMS Phutthaloetla Naphalai, which will be decommissioned in 2015 and 2017. Earlier, the cabinet approved in principle the navy’s plan to buy the frigates. (Source)

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