Cabinet Approves Thai-build OPV

On 11 November 2008, Government spokesman said cabinet approves the plan to build OPV in state-own Mahidol dockyard.


This is, again, base on the old 9 years plan. RTN want another 4 OPV to replace its aging WWII frigates after 2 Thai-design Chinese-build Pattani class OPV were bought several years ago. But concerning the current Hamburger crisis which is more delicious to the world than our old Tom Yum Koong one, they slash the project to only one ship and put another 3 on hold to wait for more money. 


The approved budget is 3,014,550,000 Baht, which is 86.13 milUSD base on today’s currency.


And, as always, we still didn’t see the design, weapon lay out, or even a photo of some piece of iron. Maybe we need to wait unit RTN hold a keel-laying ceremony to see the news release in RTN website.


Back in 2007, RTN said in the news after the launching ceremony of the king-design T.991 class patrol ship that they want to extend the design to build its own OPV, and it might become the OPV we are talking about. Some rumor said this OPV will have and helicopter deck, around 80 m in length, and equip with Thales combat suite.


For now, let the waiting game play their turn ……


More information on T.991 and the Pattani.


Reference news


ครม.อนุมัติงบกว่า 3 พันล้าน ถอยเรือตรวจการใหม่

นายณัฐวุฒิ ใสยเกื้อ โฆษกประจำสำนักนายกรัฐมนตรี แถลงผลการประชุมคณะรัฐมนตรี (ครม.) เมื่อวันที่ 11 พ.ย. ว่า กระทรวงกลาโหมได้มีการขอนุมัติงบจํานวน 3,014,550,000 บาท เพื่อจัดหาเรือตรวจการไกลฝั่งจํานวน 1 ลำ โดยซื้ออุปกรณ์มาประกอบเองภายในประเทศ


One Response to Cabinet Approves Thai-build OPV

  1. PeterS says:

    I see they have a Thales combat system on board, so again a little Dutch contribution to the RTN.

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