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Thai army procures second-hand UH-60As from US

23rd June 2022 - 00:51 GMT | by Sompong Nondhasa in Bangkok


Thailand’s army currently has 15 Black Hawks, and another nine are on their way. (Sompong Nondhasa)

To replace retired UH-1H helicopters, Thailand's army has turned to the US for refurbished Black Hawks.

The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has procured nine refurbished ex-US Army UH-60A utility helicopters to replace its UH-1H fleet, which is being retired after more than 50 years of service.

On 27 May, the Army Transportation Department announced the procurement of the helicopters.

This phase 2 utility helicopter programme, with all necessary components and two hangars, has a budget of THB3.17 billion ($90.8 million).

Currently, the RTA has 15 UH-60A/L/M helicopters in the 9th Aviation Battalion, Army Aviation Centre in Lopburi Province.

The RTA began operating its first UH-60L in 2002, acquiring ten units. One crashed, and afterwards, three newer

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Sompong Nondhasa


Sompong Nondhasa

Sompong, a Thai national living in Bangkok, is a fulltime photojournalist and editor of the …

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