Navy confirms US missiles purchase | Bangkok Post: news

The Royal Thai Navy has admitted it has agreed to buy a number of cruise missiles from the United States, but denies the prime minister or defence minister were involved as the purchase is part of a previously agreed contract.It said the deal is not new but part of a frigate-building contract made with South Korea three years ago.The navy’s clarification came after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon’s responses to reports of the deal on Saturday.In apparently confused messages about the deal, Gen Prayut said he was not sure whether the government would have the money to buy the missiles, while Gen Prawit denied knowledge of the purchase, saying the navy already has such missiles equipped on its ships.The government and the navy came under criticism after reports emerged from Washington that the State Department had approved the sale of the RGM-84L Harpoon Block II surface-launched missiles to the government at an estimated cost of US$24.9 million, or about 828 million baht.The report said the Thai government has agreed to buy up to five RGM-84L Harpoon Block II missiles and one RTM-84L Harpoon Block II exercise missile.Harpoon missiles are generally listed at around US$1 million per unit.Also included in the deal are containers, spare and repair parts, support and test




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