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Cabinet gives green light to buy Swedish jet fighters
 
 


January 10, 2008

THAILAND/DEFENSE PROCUREMENT
Cabinet gives green light to buy Swedish jet fighters

The Thai cabinet has approved a procurement of six Swedish-made Gripen jet fighters with a budget of 19 billion baht (637.75 million USD), the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Government spokesman Chaiya Yimwilai said the Royal Thai Air Force earlier planned to buy six US-made F-5E fighters but finally chose the Swedish jets for deployment as multi-role combat aircraft.

The 19 billion baht package, provided under a government to government deal for the six Gripen fighters, included accessories, spare parts and flight training programmes.

Courtesy Antara

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