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Thai navy unveils Chinese-built FK-3 SAM system

30th January 2023 - 23:09 GMT | by Sompong Nondhasa in Bangkok

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The Royal Thai Navy displayed its Chinese-manufactured FK-3 medium-range SAM system for the first time in January. (RTN)

Thailand's military inducts another sophisticated piece of Chinese weaponry, this time FK-3 air defence systems.

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has publicly unveiled its new mobile medium-range SAM – the FK-3 purchased from China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation Limited (CASIC) – which actually entered service in September 2022.

On 24 January, Adm Choengchai Chomchoengphaet, Commander-in-Chief of the RTN, visited the Air and Coastal Defence Command (ACDC) in Sattahip, Chonburi Province to view the FK-3.

This system will form the backbone of air defence on Thailand’s east coast, covering Sattahip Naval Base, U-Tapao Airport, Laem Chabang deep-sea port, the Map Ta Phut industrial estate in Rayong Province (classified as the Eastern Economic Corridor) and Pattaya

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