14 Maret 2012
U-206A submarine (photo : Militaryphotos)
Navy chief Admiral Surasak Runroengrom on Tuesday conceded that the Navy would no longer push for buying four used submarines with the Bt7.6 billion price tag from Germany.
"The deadline for purchase has passed since February 29 and the Navy will not seek to keep the buying option," he said.
Surasak said the Navy had done its best but failed to push through the deployment of submarines.
Following a series of reviews, Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat reportedly finalised his decision to sink the project. He has yet to instruct the Navy on whether to come up with a spending plan for new submarines.