Thai­land to buy more Chi­nese tanks

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

— Thai­land’s army is plan­ning to ac­quire 14 bat­tle tanks from China at a cost of more than 2.3 bil­lion baht ($ 72 mil­lion), a lo­cal re­port said Mon­day.

Thai­land has pre­vi­ously bought 39 of the same VT-4 tanks from China in 2016 and 2017 to com­pli­ment its ag­ing tank bat­tal­ions.

The Bangkok Post quoted the army’s pro­cure­ment com­mit­tee as say­ing that the VT-4 have per­formed well since be­ing ac­quired.

The Thai army is now seek­ing cab­i­net ap­proval from the rul­ing mil­i­tary junta to go ahead with the deal.

Thai­land has stepped up arms deals with both China and Rus­sia since a mil­i­tary coup in 2014.

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