14 September 2016
S-26T submarine (photo : TAF)
The National Legislative Assembly approved the draft of the 2017 budget. This included the budget for S-26T submarine procurement from China. Royal Thai Navy will sign the contract for the first ship with the Chinese side soon.
Payment for the two other submarines to follow over the next few years.
The Yuan-class S26T sub is a derivative, export version of the Yuan-class 039A sub deployed by the Chinese navy and is fitted with an air-independent propulsion as an auxiliary system to a regular diesel-electric power.