It’s like a shopping list : armored personnel carriers (from Ukraine), assault rifles (Israel), surface-to-surface missiles (China), special telecommunications equipement (China too), and the last big item… 12 jet figthers from Sweden !
Piece of cake and good bargain : only 35 billions THB (1 billion USD) (Herald Tribune)
The thai Army, since they stagged the Coup and took the power, has been on a buying spree, like a woman in a shoes store before Christmas…
How can we blame them ? When you own the supermarket, or more precisely the cashier, it’s easy. And the more you buy, the more you can get discount… and other gifts or commissions… Weapons procurements are a bliss sent by heaven.
We should add that gear and toys are one thing. But of course, the budget for the army, in a whole, has been savagely increased. Savagely, yes, I insist .
Fiscal Year 2006 86 billions
2007 115 billions
2008 143 billions
A whooping +66 % in 2 fiscal years.
It’s good indeed to have a shiny uniform in Thailand…
And no one can deny that it’s really sufficiency economy at work. The thais who struggle with a liter of gasoline at 30 THB will certainly understand. And appreciate.
By the way, ThailandJumpedtheShark has a very good piece about the jet fighters contract. Read it here.