05 Oktober 2011

Cabinet Approves 2 New Black Hawks

06 Oktober 2011

Sikorsky Blackhawk UH-60M model (S-70A) helicopter (photo : Airliners)

The cabinet has approved the Defence Ministry's proposal to buy two new Black Hawk helicopters at a cost of 2.841 billion baht, using a previously tied-over budget for 2011-2013, deputy government spokesman Anusorn Iamsa-ard said on Tuesday.

The purchase will be funded from the previously tied budget over three years.
Of the total cost, 570 million baht has already been allocated from the 2011 budget, 789 million baht will be drawn from the 2012 budget and 1.482 billion baht from the 2013 budget.

Orignially, the Defence Ministry had sought funding to buy three UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters, but the UH-60L model had gone out of production. The ministry then settled on the UH-60M model, which is more expensive.

The original budget set aside for the procurement of the three UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters was enough to buy only two UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, Mr Anusorn said.

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