B4.6bn price tag for 8 new aircraft

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) will pay 4.6 billion baht to buy eight aircraft from a US company.

B4.6bn price tag for 8 new aircraft
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B4.6bn price tag for 8 new aircraft

published : 18 Nov 2021 at 09:27

writer: Gary Boyle

ORIGINAL SOURCE/WRITER: Wassana Nanuam

Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine light attack planes. Textron photo

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) will pay 4.6 billion baht to buy eight aircraft from a US company.

The US defence contractor Textron Aviation Defense said it is selling eight Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine aircraft to the RTAF to support the light attack operations at Chiang Mai Air Base.

The signing of the contract , worth US$143 million (4.6 billion baht), was announced to the Nasdaq Stock Market on Sunday. The contract also covers ground support equipment, spare parts , training and other equipment.

According to Textron Aviation Defense, Thailand is the first foreign buyer of the aircraft .

"We are honoured the Royal Thai Air Force has competitively selected the Beechcraft AT-6 to conduct a broad array of missions in support of its border security and its anti-smuggling, counter-narcotics and anti-human trafficking operations ," said the company's president.

The aircraft will join the Royal Thai fleet in 2024.

Vocabulary

  • aircraft (noun) : an airplane or helicopter or other vehicle that travels through the air from place to place - เครื่องบิน
  • contract : an official written agreement - สัญญา
  • contractor : a person or company whose job is to do work for another person, organisation, company, etc. - ผู้รับเหมา
  • defence : protecting somebody/something from attack - การป้องกัน, การต้าน, การ พิทักษ์
  • honoured : feeling pleased or proud because people are showing you great respect - รู้สึกเป็นเกียรติ
  • human trafficking : the trade of humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others (Source: Wikipedia) - การค้ามนุษย์
  • mission : an important job, especially a military one, that someone is sent somewhere to do - ภาระกิจ, หน้าที่, งาน
  • narcotics : illegal drugs such as heroin, cocaine or crystal methamphetamine - ยาเสพย์ติด
  • operation : a planned activity involving a lot of people, especially soldiers or police officers - การปฏิบัติการ
  • smuggling : secretly and illegally taking goods or people into or out of a country or place - การลักลอบ
  • spare parts : pieces that can be used to replace another similar pieces in a car, plane, or other device - ของอะไหล่, สิ่งที่เก็บไว้สำรอง
  • stock market (noun) : the business of buying and selling shares in companies and the place where this happens; a stock exchange - ตลาดหุ้น
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