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Thailand orders Chinese SAM

13th December 2016 - 19:58 GMT | by Sompong Nondhasa in Bangkok


The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) bought a battery of KS-1C medium-range surface-to-air missiles from the China Precision Machinery Import-Export Corporation (CPMIEC), with delivery expected in December. 

This is the RTAF’s first medium-range SAM system, and it will defend the most important air base in southern Thailand – that of Wing 7 in Surat Thani Province.

This base is home to Gripen C/D fighters and Saab 340 airborne early warning aircraft, with Wing 7’s area of responsibility covering the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea to the borders of Cambodia, Malaysia and Myanmar. It also cooperates with the Royal

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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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