No talks on buying arms during Russia trip: Prawit

According to The Nation

February 29, 2016 1:00 am

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan yesterday denied talking to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Nikolai Platonovich, the secretary of Russia’s Security Council, about a deal to buy military equipment and armaments.

Prawit was speaking in his capacity as national security head after returning yesterday from an official visit to Russia and Belarus that began on Tuesday. He said he talked with Medvedev and Platonovich about cooperation on security issues, the exchange of intelligence, anti-terrorism efforts and fighting transnational organised crime. He added that he visited Russia’s high-tech national defence industry facilities but had only discussed procuring military technology, not actual armaments.

Panitan Wattanayagorn, an adviser on security affairs to the deputy prime minister, earlier said Thailand planned to buy 10 Russian Mi-17 transport helicopters for a total of Bt3 billion and 100 T-90 A tanks for Bt9 billion. He said Thailand needed new tanks because it wanted to decommission 100 older armoured vehicles.

Responding to reports about the plan to procure helicopters to fight forest fires, Prawit said Thailand would dispatch military mechanics and Royal Thai Air Force officials to Russia if the two countries decided to set up a joint committee on the subject. However, Prawit added, discussions had not yet gone into too much detail.

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak also discussed economic cooperation relating to marketing agricultural products.

“It depends on what Russia wants,” he said.

Prawit also visited President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus and discussed agricultural trade and security issues. “Leaders of both countries follow Thailand’s political situation and understand the situation well. They also complimented our PM,” Prawit said.

Source nationmultimedia.com

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“Thailand planned to buy 10 Russian Mi-17 transport helicopters for a total of Bt3 billion and 100 T-90 A tanks for Bt9 billion.”

I’m still confused are the media quoting the wrong model tank as T-90A as other sources indicate it is T-90MS

See details of T-90MS

See details of T-90A

See details of Mi-17

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