Bangkok Looks to the Future With New Thai Fighters
Thailand’s Cabinet approved THB13.8 billion ($445 million) on 11 January for the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) to procure new fighter jets to replace its F-16ADF fleet that was retired last year.
Via FY2023-26 budgets for a four-year period, ACM Napadej Dhupatemiya, the Air Force Commander, wishes to acquire the F-35A, whose flyaway cost has reduced from $142 million to $82 million over the years.
The MoD will add this acquisition to the 2023 Annual Budget Act, which then must be approved by the House of Representatives.
As with its existing F-16s, the RTAF can only procure the F-35A through the Foreign …