RTA Plan For BTR-3E1 Suffers Delay

RTA selected 96 BTR-3E1s to meet its requirement of 8×8 wheel APC in 2007. The deal was sign in 2008 during ex-PM Samak team. It’s schedule to deliver in mid-2009.

However, this program facing delays as Germany still do not approve a sale of Engine and communication equipment to Thailand ….. believe to be the reason from 2006 Coup.

Thailand order German-made  Engine or its BTR-3E1 and need NATO-standard communication suite to enable them to ‘talk’ with the rest of RTA fleet.

Still no update about this. But many Thai military lover report on thai military webboard that they saw numbers of BTR-3E1 on truck heading for its base.

Just waiting for the German ….. just that!

DEFENCE
Coup fallout delays APCs

By: WASSANA NANUAM
Published: 9/04/2009 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: News

Army plans to reinforce its troops with 96 new armoured vehicles are facing a delay because the German government has not yet approved the sale of major parts, an army source says.

The purchase was proposed when former army chief Sonthi Boonyaratkalin chaired the Council for National Security, the coup group that toppled the Thaksin Shinawatra government in 2006.The coup could be a reason for Berlin’s hesitation to sell the engine parts.

Non-governmental organisations in Germany have opposed the sale of the armoured vehicles to Thailand on the basis that the coup undermined democracy.

The plan was approved by the Samak Sundaravej government last year.

The 3.9-billion-baht deal calls for the army to buy the bodies of 96 BTR-3E1 armoured vehicles from the Ukraine. It also signed a contract to use engines and communications systems made in Germany.

Army chief Anupong Paojinda has ordered the 2nd Infantry Regiment in Sa Kaeo to build a garage to house the vehicles, which were originally due for delivery in the middle of this year.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/1 … elays-apcs

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