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D&S 2019: China scoops up lucrative navy contracts in Thailand

20th November 2019 - 23:30 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Bangkok

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Chinese companies were major players at Defense & Security 2019, with shipbuilders out in force in Bangkok as the kingdom awaits delivery of a submarine and landing platform dock (LPD).

Thailand’s 2,550t S26T submarine is due for delivery in 2023, according to a spokesperson from the China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Company (CSOC). Its keel was laid down by Wuchang Shipbuilding in Wuhan on 5 September, after the first steel was cut in September 2018.

A video presentation confirmed that the S26T, being bought for $430 million via a 2017 contract, is based on the Yuan class operated by the

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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