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Thailand fails to sell Chinooks

28th July 2016 - 05:21 GMT | by Sompong Nondhasa in Bangkok

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The Royal Thai Army (RTA) will divest its six Boeing CH-47D Chinooks after failing to sell the 25-year-old aircraft on the second-hand market.

Thailand found Chinook maintenance costs were very high, so most were grounded due to a lack of spare parts. Just two remained in flyable condition, even though they rarely flew. 

The RTA thus decided to retire them, and Thailand was selling them plus related equipment for $12 million.

Thailand used its CH-47Ds for missions such as transport, fire-fighting, disaster relief, artillery sling-loading and VIP transport. Most of their missions were taken over by UH-60Ls and Mi-17V5

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

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