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Thailand to buy VN16s from China

15th September 2020 - 01:00 GMT | by Sompong Nondhasa in Bangkok


The Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) has chosen Chinese-built VN16 amphibious light tanks armed with a 105mm gun for deployment on its upcoming Type 071E landing platform dock (LPD) ship.

On 8 September, the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) announced it would purchase three VN16s, the export version of the ZTD-05A, from Norinco for $12.83 million. At $4.27 million each, China reduced the price due to the limited budget of the RTN.  

The deal’s objective is to increase the offensive firepower of the RTMC in offensive land operations. It also increases combat power for amphibious operations, with VN16s operating alongside

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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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