28 April 2009

Royal Thai Army Bolsters Its Helicopter Fleet

20 September 2001

Thai's Bell UH-1 Iroquois (photo : Jetphotos)

The Royal Thai Army (RTA) is revamping its helicopter fleet with the acquisition from US Excess Defence Article (EDA) stocks of 30 refurbished Bell UH-1H Iroquois utility and, most likely, six Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters.
AH-1 Cobra of the Royal Thai Army (photo : ThaiTechnics)

The aircraft are being obtained free of cost and the RTA should not need to invest funds in ensuring flight worthiness, as they are being drawn directly from active US inventories. However, Bangkok will pay about $1 million per aircraft for refurbishment and transport for a total price of about $37.5 million. Deliveries are due to start in late 2002 or early 2003, with completion likely within a further 18 months.

Sumber : Jane’s

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