The Royal Thai Air Force Unveils Strategic Procurement Plans

(Intel in Brief)

RTAF Symposium 2024 White Paper:

  • Royal Thai Airforce plans to purchase 12 fighter jets, middle-range air defense systems, and anti-drone technologies.
  • Plans for additional helicopters and training aircraft.
  • Several air security projects in the pipeline.

New Fighter Jet Acquisition Scheme:

  • Replacement of aging F-16 jets due to decommissioned in 2028.
  • Acquisition scheme divided into three phases.
  • First phase starts in 2025 fiscal year, October.
  • First phase estimated to cost 19 billion baht.
  • Submission to Defense Ministry for cabinet approval.