Connect with us


Not 12 billion baht, only 4.2 billion! Price tag for Army helicopters.




The Royal Thai Army has clarified spending on eight AH-6i light attack reconnaissance helicopters, weapons and associated equipment from the US, after it was claimed yesterday to have a price tag of 12 billion baht.

The Army spokesman Colonel Winthai Suvaree called the media together to explain that it paid 4.2 billion baht for the eight helicopters and equipment from the US, not 12 billion baht as mentioned in a media release on Tuesday.

Colonel Winthai clarified that the US$400 million figure cited by the Defence Security Cooperation Agency referred to a “weapons procurement framework” the US approved for Thailand. The Army instead purchased only essential items, he said, spending a mere 4.226 billion baht, not the 12 billion baht amount.

The eight helicopters purchased for the Aviation Regiment Aviation Centre will come along with 50 AGM-114R Hellfire missiles, 200 Advance Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) rockets, 500 Hydra 70mm rockets, 10 M134 7.62mm Mini-Guns, four GAU-19/B 12.7mm Gatling guns and other items.

(Because an attack helicopter without all these is just a ‘helicopter’)

The Army proposed buying 31 patrol-ready helicopters back in 2011 but at the time was given permission to buy only eight. The eight announced this week represented the second such purchase, along with a two-year supply of parts, the construction of hangars and training programs include a flight simulator – all within the approved 4.2 billion baht budget.

Winthai concurred with DSCA statements that Thailand is a strategic partner of the US committed to regional security, and that the helicopter procurement would strengthen national defence and deter regional threats.

The helicopter purchase was announced after the Army on September 12 received the first US-made Stryker M1126 infantry carriers for use mainly by the 11th Infantry Division based in Chachoengsao.

SOURCE: The Nation

Not 12 billion baht, only 4.2 billion! Price tag for Army helicopters. | News by Thaiger Not 12 billion baht, only 4.2 billion! Price tag for Army helicopters. | News by Thaiger

Army spokesman Colonel Winthai Suvaree, addressing the media explaining the ‘discount’


Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Thailand's largest online portal for news and information.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)13 mins ago

Dole pineapple factory has 34 new Covid-19 cases, 413 total

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Chinese Sinovac vaccine debuts in Singapore to high demand

Drugs3 hours ago

Drug smuggler caught in Kalasin with 300 kg of marijuana

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Politics4 hours ago

Amendment to reform Constitution rejected by Parliament

Medical5 hours ago

Gender Health Clinic opens in Bangkok for transgender needs

Coronavirus (Covid-19)8 hours ago

30 million baht added to vaccine side effects compensation fund

Coronavirus (Covid-19)9 hours ago

Plan for 16-week gap between AstraZeneca vaccines dropped

Coronavirus (Covid-19)10 hours ago

CCSA: 120 day reopening will proceed with conditions

Tourism10 hours ago

Sandbox latest, CCSA says all regions reopening must reach 70% local vaccination

Coronavirus (Covid-19)13 hours ago

Covid UPDATE Saturday: 3,667 new infections and 32 deaths

Politics14 hours ago

Thamanat elected to role of head ‘fixer’ in Palang Pracharat party

Expats23 hours ago

List: China has over 50% of all foreign-owned condos in Thailand

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 day ago

Government plans 10 million vaccines for July

World1 day ago

Thailand News Today | Vaccine deaths investigation, PM heads to Phuket, BMA extends vendor licences | June 18

Thailand1 day ago

1 million AstraZeneca doses arrive, Anutin says “more” on the way

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8