03 November 2015
Thailand is looking to produce the BTR-3E1 locally under an agreement with Ukraine. (photo : thaifighterclubt)
Ukraine and Thailand are close to finalising a programme that would support a Royal Thai Army (RTA) plan to locally build the 8x8 BTR-3E1 armoured personnel carrier (APC), a senior official from Ukraine's state-owned defence exports and industry agency Ukroboronprom told IHS Jane's on 3 November.
He said the plan would feature three phases and be implemented over the long term as Thailand gradually develops local industrial capability. The programme would support future RTA programmes to procure the BTR-3E1 as well as plans to export the APC to regional countries.
The RTA ordered in 2008 and 2011 more than 220 BTR-3E1s, which are being manufactured by the Kharkov Morozov Machine Design Bureau.