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Thailand fills out its aircraft fleet

3rd March 2021 - 01:03 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

Thailand operates quite an eclectic fleet of aircraft from around the world, but it does have plans to modernise and streamline its inventory.

Thailand is working to fill capability gaps in its military aircraft fleet, including transport and trainer types, and upgrading existing platforms such as its Saab 340 special mission aircraft.

On 10 February, the Department of Army Transportation in the Royal Thai Army (RTA) announced plans to procure a single medium-lift transport aircraft. The RTA already has two C295W aircraft with the 21st Aviation Battalion, and it seems likely this platform will be chosen again.

The army uses the C295W for static line and freefall parachute training by the Special Warfare School, among other missions. The RTA actually has a requirement …

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