The Thai Defence Council has approved a 10-year Modernisation Plan for the armed forces. The Plan has been specially designed to increase the ability to deal with any potential threats facing the Kingdom. The “Modernisation Plan: Vision 2026” was given the green light at a Council meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister, Gen. Prawit Wongsuwon, according to Defence Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Kongcheep Tantrawanit.
The blueprint, produced in tandem with the military reform policy, has been designed to upgrade the armed forces’ readiness and capability to fend off threats to the Kingdom over the next 10 years.
Maj. Gen. Kongcheep said the Plan took security factors and weapons needed by the armed forces into consideration to match risk assessments. It has been drawn up in conjunction with other major master Plans, including the National Strategic Development Plan (2017-2036), the National Strategic Defence Plan (2017-2036), and the Master Plan for the Defence Industry (2015-2020). The 2017 Plan considers revamping the Defence Ministry’s management and organisational structure as well as assisting industries related to national defence.
Maj. Gen. Kongcheep said the Modernisation Plan over the next 10 years prescribes how the forces can operate during two scenarios: When military spending increases in tandem with the country’s growing gross domestic product and also during a time when the budget is particularly tight. The military budget is aimed to function at 1.4 percent of GDP and increase to 2.0 percent of GDP in the future.
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