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    Thai Offshore Patrol Vessel Takes Shape

    (Source: BAE Systems; issued August 31, 2010)

    BANGKOK, Thailand --- Construction of the first BAE Systems designed Offshore Patrol Vessel for the Royal Thai Navy is now well underway in Thailand, as demonstrated this week at a formal keel laying ceremony at Bangkok Dock, the Company’s local partner.

    The occasion, attended by Thailand's Royal representative, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and senior officials from the Royal Thai Navy, comes just 14 months after the initial contract was signed.

    Under the agreement, BAE Systems supplied the design of its proven 90 metre Offshore Patrol Vessel, which Bangkok Dock has adapted to meet the specific requirements of the Royal Thai Navy, for example incorporating a similar combat system to that being fitted to other ships in its fleet. Engineers from BAE Systems are working alongside Bangkok Dock, throughout the construction of the vessel to transfer design knowledge, technology and skills that will contribute to the growth of a sustainable shipbuilding capability in Thailand.

    Commenting on the programme, Alan Johnston, Managing Director of BAE Systems’ Surface Ships division, said: “At a time when we are seeking to boost exports, this approach to industry partnerships shows the strength that BAE Systems can bring to navies around the world as they look for cost-effective solutions to enhance the capability of their fleets to meet future requirements.”

    Captain Chumpol Promprasit, managing director of Bangkok Dock, said: “To promote a domestic shipbuilding industry, the Royal Thai Navy assigned Bangkok Dock to undertake the provision of design and supply of ship build material using both domestic and international experts during construction of the Offshore Patrol Vessel.

    “This is considered as promoting and improving the technical competency and potential of the Royal Thai Navy personnel in building ships for domestic purposes, based on the King’s self sustainability programme.”

    The multi-mission Offshore Patrol Vessel will be used by the Royal Thai Navy to primarily be used for Economic Exclusion Zone roles, including routine patrols and border controls. It will also undertake fishery protection tasks as well as protection of natural resources in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea and disaster relief.

    The BAE Systems designed 90 metre Offshore Patrol Vessel being built by Bangkok Dock for the Royal Thai Navy is the same core platform design as the ships that BAE Systems is building in the UK for the Trinidad & Tobago Coast Guard. The platform is based on the design for the smaller River Class vessels used by the UK Royal Navy and is a highly capable vessel that is attractive to the export market.

    As the company continues to expand its international maritime footprint, there are ongoing discussions with prospective customers and partners in a number of markets, including South America and India.

    BAE Systems is a global defence, security and aerospace company with approximately 107,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. In 2009 BAE Systems reported sales of £22.4 billion (US$ 36.2 billion).


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    Uploaded by siam2348 on Mar 21, 2011

    On 20th March 2011, Royal Thai Navy's LPD-791 has already released to sea at ST Marine Singapore dockyard. This vessel has displacement around 7600 tons. RTN would like to use this vessel with AAV and MH-60S in marine mission. This LPD can transport 19 AAVs or 15 Trucks/Trailers , 2 LCVP and 2-4 SH-60B/MH-60S or 1 CH-47.

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    Looks like a derivative of the RSNs Endurance LPDs. Not surprising I suppose given the builder.


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    Quote Originally Posted by buglerbilly View Post

    Uploaded by siam2348 on Mar 21, 2011

    On 20th March 2011, Royal Thai Navy's LPD-791 has already released to sea at ST Marine Singapore dockyard. This vessel has displacement around 7600 tons. RTN would like to use this vessel with AAV and MH-60S in marine mission. This LPD can transport 19 AAVs or 15 Trucks/Trailers , 2 LCVP and 2-4 SH-60B/MH-60S or 1 CH-47.

    Haven't got a spare one by any chance, have they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unicorn View Post
    Looks like a derivative of the RSNs Endurance LPDs. Not surprising I suppose given the builder.

    It is, same Family just slight variations in size and capacity................they've also ordered 2 x 23m LCM's to go along with this LPD..........at least their LCM's will work..............

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    Thailand Looking at German Subs


    Published: 4 Apr 2011 09:23

    TAIPEI - The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) is considering the procurement of two German decommissioned 500-ton Type 206A diesel-electric attack submarines. If successful, these will be the RTNs first submarines.

    Thailand is not the only potential customer. Germany is discussing the sale to other unidentified countries, a German defense source said. The source did confirm the submarines were decommissioned and available.

    The planned purchase of two submarines is part of a multiyear weapons procurement package approved by the Thai cabinet and parliament last year, said Thitinan Pongsudhirak, director of the Institute of Security and International Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, now a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

    The submarine deal is part of a larger 10-year, $30 billion program to procure new arms, including anti-submarine helicopters, six more Gripen fighters, frigates, riot control equipment, tanks and armored personnel carriers, he said.

    "Thailand's ongoing spat with Cambodia has reinforced the Thai military's case for submarines," Pongsudhirak said.

    Cambodia and Thailand have overlapping claims over the resource rich Joint Development Area in the Gulf of Thailand.

    "Thailand's strategic outlook on submarines indeed stems more from regional rivalry parity with its neighbors, less from strategic and tactical calculations," he said. This has promoted the RTN to push for submarines, particularly when Vietnam and other regional neighbors have embarked on similar plans.

    "The Thai Navy and the military generally have not come up with concrete strategic plans for submarine utilization and deployment," Pongsudhirak said. "It is the idea that Thailand needs submarines to keep up with neighbors' arms modernization."

    However, the tension with Cambodia has augmented this idea because the future extraction of resources in the Gulf of Thailand is likely to be contentious.

    Thailand is clearly trying to keep up with its neighbors, said Sam Bateman, with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Bateman is concerned the age of the 206A submarines, commissioned during the mid-1970s, and the RTN's lack of experience could be problematic.

    "I'd be seriously concerned about the submarine safety implications - an old submarine with inexperienced submariners is a dangerous mix."

    Albrecht Muller contributed to this story from Berlin.

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    Saab wins Thailand combat management, fire control systems order

    June 03, 2011

    Thai Navy Frigate HTMS Naresuan FFG-421 moored in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, China, 16 October 2008

    [HTMS (His Thai Majesty's Ship) Naresuan (FFG 421), (Thai: นเรศวร) hull number 621, commissioned in 1995, is a modified version of the Chinese-made Type 053 frigate, designed and built by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation in Shanghai. Her sister ship, HTMS Taksin was delivered in November 1995.]

    Saab has received an order from Thailand regarding upgrading of combat management and fire control systems.

    The defence and security company Saab has received two orders from the Royal Thai Navy for the upgrading of combat management and fire control systems on two frigates of the Naresuan class. The total contract amount is MSEK 454.

    The contracts involve upgrading the frigates with the latest generation of combat management and fire control systems, 9LV Mk4 and CEROS 200. Saab will also supply data-link equipment to the ships, which will allow communication between the frigates and Thailand's existing Gripen aircraft and Saab 340s, the latter fitted with the ERIEYE airborne radar system.

    "Saab will supply an advanced combat management and fire control system which allows interoperability between naval and airborne units, providing more effective use of resources and capabilities," says Gunilla Fransson, Head of Saab's Business Area Security and Defence Solutions.

    Saab is the main contractor to the Royal Thai Navy, and as well as supply of its own systems, its tasks will include procurement of third-party systems and responsibility for integration of all existing and new systems.

    "This is Saab's first major agreement with the Royal Thai Navy and the business strengthens our position in Thailand, which is an important market for Saab," says Gunilla Fransson.

    The contracts mainly concern the Security and Defence Solutions business area as the supplier of the combat management and fire control systems and the Tacticall communication systems. The Electronic Defence Systems business area will supply the Sea Giraffe AMB surveillance radar system as well as data-link equipment for communication with Gripen and the ERIEYE Airborne Early Warning systems.

    The contract will run between 2011 and 2014.

    Source: Saab

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    SOURCE:Flight International

    PICTURE: New Seahawks delivered to Thai navy

    By Craig Hoyle

    Sikorsky has delivered two MH-60S Seahawk naval helicopters on order for the Royal Thai Navy, and revealed the same customer could have a requirement for more of the aircraft.

    The first S-model Seahawks to be delivered to an export customer, the aircraft were flown to the port of Baltimore in Maryland from Lockheed Martin's Owego plant in New York, where their digital cockpits had been installed.

    Bangkok ordered its new aircraft via the US government's Foreign Military Sales programme.

    © Sikorsky

    The MH-60S will augment the navy's in-service fleet of six S-70B Seahawks, which Flightglobal's HeliCAS database records as having entered use in 1997.

    The acquisition also includes the provision of training for pilots and maintenance personnel, plus spare parts and logistics support.

    The new type will be used for tasks including utility transport and search and rescue missions, according to Sikorsky.

    "The [Royal Thai] Navy has expressed interest in additional MH-60S purchases", it added in a 8 August statement about the delivery.

    In 2006, Thailand requested the possible purchase of six MH-60S aircraft, worth almost $250 million, but went on to sign a smaller order for an initial two examples.

    Other assets flown by the Thai navy include seven Bell 212/214s, four Sikorsky S-76Bs, two Bell UH-1s and two AgustaWestland Super Lynx 110 helicopters, according to HeliCAS data.

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    Naval Project for the Royal Thai Navy Landing Platform Dock Completed

    (Source: Terma; issued Oct. 23, 2012)

    Terma has reached a new milestone on the Thai LPD project as the final acceptance certificate has been signed.

    Euronaval 2012, Paris – By the end of August 2012, Terma reached a new milestone on the Thai LPD project as the final acceptance certificate was signed.

    In 2009, Terma and Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd. (STM) entered into a contract including development, supply, installation, integration, and commissioning of the Combat Management System, the Fire Control System, the 2D Air & Surface Surveillance Radar, and the IFF Interrogator/Transceiver for the Royal Thai Navy’s new Landing Platform Dock (LPD) HTMS Angthong.

    The LPD uses the Terma C-Series system comprising C-Flex Combat Management System including three Multi-Function Consoles, C-Search Surveillance and Identification suite including Terma’s SCANTER 4100 Air & Surface Surveillance Radar and Cassidian’s MSSR 2000 I IFF system, and C-Fire EO Fire Control System including electro-optical director with thermal imaging, TV camera, and eye-safe laser range finder. Armament controlled by C-Fire comprises an OTO Melara 76mm Super Rapid gun forward and two MSI Seahawk 30mm amidships – starboard & port.

    C-Fire is implemented as a close integration between the fire control system of the UK-based company GE Intelligent Platforms ltd. and Terma’s C-Flex, which has been the preferred platform for the Royal Danish Navy for the last ten years.

    Following two years of integration involving subcontractors from England, Germany, The Netherlands, and Denmark, the LPD System Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) was completed and accepted in June 2011. The Harbour Acceptance Tests (HAT) and Sea Acceptance Tests (SAT) were completed in March 2012.

    The final Live Firing Test (LFT) was conducted in Thai waters off the Sattahip Naval Base, Thailand. Twelve firing scenarios were defined covering surface and air target shootings plus naval gun support. All scenarios passed the acceptance criteria.

    Terma develops products and systems for defense, non-defense, and security applications, including command and control systems, radar systems, self-protection systems for ships and aircraft, space technology, and advanced aerostructures for the international aircraft industry. The company, headquartered at Aarhus, Denmark, has a total staff of 1,100 and realized 2011 revenues of USD 248 million, and maintains international subsidiaries and operations in The Netherlands, Germany, Singapore, and in the U.S.


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    Seoul Sees More Weapons Sales to Thailand

    Nov. 9, 2013 - 12:35PM | By JUNG SUNG-KI

    BANGKOK — South Korea is looking to sell more weapons systems, including warships and aircraft, to Thailand, which is pushing to modernize its armed forces to meet security challenges.

    Following a contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) for a 3,700-ton frigate, the Royal Thai Navy plans to procure one more frigate built by the South Korean shipyard, according to officials. The contract for the first frigate was signed in August. The deal was valued around $470 million, the highest weapons import for a single item in Thailand.

    “The delivery of the first frigate, DW 3000F, will take place in 2017, and we expect a following order for the second ship in the coming years,” said Kim Deog-soo, director of the naval & special ship marketing team at DSME. DSME was one of the South Korean defense contractors that participated in the Defense & Security 2013 from Monday through Thursday at the IMPACT Exhibition Center here.

    The frigate for the Thai Navy is based on the design of the Korean Navy’s 4,000-ton KDX-1. The ship is equipped with up-to-date weapons systems from major defense contractors worldwide.

    Among the key armament are Swedish Saab’s 9LV Mk4 combat management system; the Mk 41 vertical launch system from US Lockheed Martin; evolved Sea Sparrow missiles of Raytheon; the Boeing RGM-84 Harpoon missiles; Turkish Oto Melera 76mm super rapid gun; and two UK MSI-Defence Seahawk 30mm cannons.

    The Thai Navy also is considering buying a submarine, in an apparent move to respond to the rapid naval modernization of its neighbors, including Indonesia and Malaysia, both of which bought South Korean submarines and training ships, respectively.

    “The latest contract with DSME is a big step forward toward upgrading the Thai Navy,” a high-ranking officer of the Thai Navy’s procurement bureau said Monday during a meeting with his South Korean counterpart, Adm. Shin Jung-ho of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration’s ship project bureau. “We have yet to lay out a submarine project in detail due to budget issues, but the thing is that we need a submarine and the government will make a decision on that in the near future.”

    “South Korea sells not just a ship, but a package of logistics support and training programs,” Shin replied. “The South Korean Navy will make utmost efforts to help the Thai Navy deploy its frigate successfully.”

    South Korea’s representative at the Thai defense fair stressed the arms exports to Thailand will further boost the country’s weapons sales in the Southeast Asian region.

    “On the basis of improved relations between the two governments, the Thai military is expected to acquire more weapons built by our nation,” said Lee Yong-dae, director of the South Korean Defense Ministry’s procurement bureau. “In particular, our export strategy of selling a package of weapons and relevant technology meets the requirements of the Thai armed forces’ modernization schemes.

    Lee revealed that the Royal Thai Air Force has shown interest in purchasing an attack variant of the T-50 supersonic trainer aircraft built by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Lockheed Martin.

    “The Thai air force requested KAI for information about the T-50 jet,” said the retired two-star army general, adding Thailand is interested in buying 16 T-50 variants, including the TA-50 armed trainer and FA-50 light attacker.

    The Royal Thai Army eyes a truck-mounted howitzer built by Samsung Techwin, according to Lee, in an effort to modernize its artillery force.

    The vehicle, dubbed EVO-105, consists of a standard South Korean KM500 five-ton truck chassis with the rear cargo area modified to accept the upper part of the US 105MM M101 towed howitzer.

    “The vehicle features the fire control system used in the K9 howitzer’s 155mm/52-caliber gun,” a Techwin spokesman said. “It’s cheaper and faster than the standard K9, which is attractive to Southeast Asian nations.”

    About 800 EVO-105 vehicles are to be deployed with South Korea’s Army in 2017, he noted.

    (See the Artillery thread for pics of this.............)
    Last edited by buglerbilly; 10-11-13 at 02:23 AM.

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