20.2.2020

UAS Requirement in Thailand

Thai Air Force Lists Fighter Jet, Other Procurement Programs In White Paper 2020 – link

Source: Defense World

Article Headlines

  • UAS Highlights within the whitepaper:
  • 2021-2022 – To enhance RTAF U1 UAV capabilities in surveillance and combat missions including equipment and other related systems
  • 2022-2024 – To establish and develop UAV Center at Watthana Nakhon Airport in Sa Kaeo province in accordance with the RTAF standards of main operating base
  • 2023-2025 (Phase 1), 2025-2027 (Phase 2) – To procure or manufacture UAV system with surveillance, reconnaissance and combat capabilities
  • 2028-2029 – To procure or manufacture UAV to replace RTAF U1 UAV

Overview & Comments

  • The largest takeaway from the whitepaper is the plan to equip the Air Force with strike capable UAS – whether by procurement or local manufacture
  • In 2018 the Thai Ministry of Defense announced the procurement of Aeronautics’ Dominator UAS – the largest system that will be operated in the country to date
  • In early 2019 the Air Force announced its desire to acquire the U1, manufactured by the locally RT Connex Company Ltd. The Thai government had already purchased the 16 U-1’s in 2017, operated also by the Navy
  • In late 2019 Schiebel has won a contract for the production and supply of an undisclosed number of Camcopter S-100 rotary-wing UAVs for the Royal Thai Navy

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