Thai navy buys 3 Chinese submarines

China's S-26 submarine is believed to be an improved version of the S-20 (pictured), which in turns is based on the 039A Yuan class submarine.

China’s S-26 submarine is believed to be an improved version of the S-20 (pictured), which in turns is based on the 039A Yuan class submarine.

The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media:

Chinese media thepaper.cn reported that Thai Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said that the Thai navy had approved its plan to purchase three Chinese submarines valued at $1.1 billion.

14 of the 17 members of Thai Navy’s purchase committee voted for the purchase of the Chinese submarines.

The deal will be finalised when it is approved by Thai cabinet later.

The report says that the Thai navy chose Chinese submarines instead of those offered by other countries such as Germany and Sweden because of the high functions-to-price ratio of the Chinese model.

An additional advantage of the model is that it can stay underwater for 21 days.

Moreover, China promised to transfer some navy technology and help train professional technicians for the submarines.

The model Thailand has chosen is the S-26. No details of its functions have been revealed.

The report concludes that Thailand is America’s traditional ally, but is now seeking better ties with China.

Through the deal, China believes the ties will be even closer.

Contributed by “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” – Author of “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” and “Space Era Strategy” – Also English/Chinese translation service

Source: thepaper.cn “Thai navy formally approves purchase of 3 Chinese submarines at $1.1 billion due to their high functions-to-price ratio” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

 



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