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Thailand completes Naresuan upgrade

4th October 2016 - 03:14 GMT | by Sompong Nondhasa in Bangkok

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The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) had finished modernising two 3,000t Naresuan-class frigates after 22 years of service. This upgrade that took five years gave HTMS Naresuan and HTMS Taksin a 3-D combat capability.

The upgrade included a Mk 41 vertical launching system (VLS) for Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM), Saab’s 9LV Mk4 combat management system (CMS), Sea Giraffe AMB radar, and Link E and Link RTN tactical data links.

The Naresuan class was co-designed by the RTN and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). They used weapon systems and engines mostly from Europe and the US, although they had a

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

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