13 November 2015
RTAF Gripen C/D (photo : purwanai)
`Falcon Strike' air force drill first for Thais
Air forces from China and Thailand will conduct their first ever joint exercise this month, the latest example of blossoming military ties between Beijing and the kingdom's junta.
Thai air force officials said the 11-day live exercise will involve fighter jets from both nations and will start Monday.
"It is the first drill with China, part of our cooperation among allies," Air Vice Marshall Pongsak Semachai said.
"The drill, Falcon Strike 2015, will focus on strategic training."
Five Swedish-made Thai Gripen fighters will take part in the exercise alongside six Chinese fighter jets.
Xinhua News Agency said training will take place at Korat air force base, 300 kilometers northeast of Bangkok.
The exercise is aimed at "improving mutual learning and understanding between the two countries' aviation force troops, deepening pragmatic cooperation and enhance trust and friendship."
Throughout much of the Cold War Thailand was one of the United States' strongest bulwarks against communism.
But the latest coup, one of more than a dozen successful power grabs by the military since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932, has soured relations with Washington. (The Standard)
PLAAF Su-27SK (photo : RTAF)
Welcoming the authorities of the Republic of China Air Force to attend the training FALCON STRIKE
Wing Commander RTAF welcomed the authorities of the Republic of China Air Force to attend the exercise FALCON STRIKE 2015 between 16 - November 27, 2015 on November 12, 2015 at Wing 1 in Nakhon Ratchasima.
Exercise "FALCON STRIKE 2015" scheduled a practice for the first time to improve and performance in tactical air operations for air forces of both countries and the relationship and harmony to the troops at all levels of the two countries closer for the Air Force.
Participated in this exercise GRIPEN 39 C/D of the Royal Thai Air Force Squadron 701 Airborne Division 7 No. 5 and fighter aircraft Su-27 squadron, 6th District, Guangzhou from the People's Liberation Army Air Force.
The opening ceremony of the training on November 15, 2015 and the closing ceremony of the training on November 27, 2015 at Wing 1 in Nakhon Ratchasima.