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The Royal Thai Air Power (RTAF) is about to procure either Swedish-produced Gripen E-series or American F-16 Block 70 fighter jets later this yr. The knowledge got here to mild throughout an handle by RTAF chief Phanpakdee Pattanakul to senior air power officers on the RTAF headquarters.

Phanpakdee famous that the unique plan to buy American F-35 fighter jets was not possible, leaving the Gripen E-series and the F-16 Block 70 as potential replacements. The transfer comes because the RTAF seeks to decommission three of its seven fighter squadrons due to the age of the plane, every of which includes 12 jets.

Phanpakdee confused the necessity to preserve the present variety of fighters to uphold coaching, operations, and a steadiness with neighbouring nations. A variety committee has been established to decide which of the 2 shortlisted fighter jets will ship the very best worth for cash.

A supply revealed that the RTAF has requested 19 billion baht (US$530 million) for the fiscal yr starting in October 2025 to procure the primary 4 new fighter jets. If the cupboard approves this request, the procurement course of ought to kick off between Might and June this yr.

The jet procurement plan is a part of the RTAF’s white paper that outlines its future growth targets. Different important growth areas embrace a analysis and growth plan to leverage quantum AI expertise. This expertise combines quantum computing with superior machine studying for information evaluation, problem-solving, and decision-making, Phanpakdee defined, reported Bangkok Put up.

This R&D technique will probably be rolled out because the air RTAF reduces its personnel with out compromising its capability.

In associated information, the RTAF relinquished possession of Kantarat Golf Course close to Don Mueang Airport to enable for airport enlargement. Below Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s initiative, the Defence Ministry is transferring unused navy land for public profit.

Compensation negotiations are ongoing, enabling the event of Thupatemi Golf Course and a brand new sports activities advanced. Moreover, a sub-committee is addressing Sattahip district’s demand for improved electrical energy providers by way of the Provincial Electrical energy Authority.

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