Thailand looks to buy new transport planes to replace ageing C-130H Hercules

BANGKOK, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) — The Thai Air Force is looking to procure a new fleet of transport aircraft in near future, an Air Force source said on Friday.

Competition for the planned procurement of new transport planes might probably emerge between Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation Y-9 and Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules, said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

However, rivalry might as well arise from a third manufacturing country apart from China and the United States, whereas details of the procurement plan are yet to be formulated, he said.

Retiring Air Force chief Trithod Sonchaeng confirmed earlier that his service was looking to buy a new fleet of turboprop-engined transport aircraft to replace a dozen C-130H Hercules transport planes, deployed by the Thai Air Force since 1980.

His successor, newly-named Air Force chief Jom Roongsawang who is scheduled to assume the post next month, is likely to take into account such aircraft procurement plans, the source said.

Over the last several years, 15 countries have placed orders for 300 C-130J transport planes, in production line at Lockheed Martin since 1996.

Shaanxi Aircraft Corportion modernized the Y-9 as variant from the Y-8 with updated technology in avionics and cargo handling systems.

Myanmar, the western neighbor to Thailand, currently deploys 10 Y-8 transport planes, the predecessor version of the Y-9.

Though funding and time frames for the planned procurement of new transport aircraft are yet to be determined, the ageing fleet of C-130H Hercules will almost certainly be decommissioned in the next several years, the source said.

The C-130J Super Hercules is reported to cost 100 million to 120 million U.S. dollars per unit while the selling price for the Shaanxi Y-9 is not available yet.

Earlier this month, a Shaanxi Y-9 transport plane joined a multi-national, non-combat exercise codenamed AM-HEx 2016 at U-tapao naval air base in eastern Thailand.

The Chinese air force took part in the humanitarian aid and disaster relief exercise alongside those of Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and the host country.

Viewed as a derivative of the Antonov An-12, the Shaanxi Y-9 can carry 25 tons of cargo and 106 passengers or 132 paratroopers.

Late last month, two Russian-built transport planes were delivered to the Thai Air Force. The Sukhoi Superjet 100LR transport planes, each of which was sold for 34 million U.S. dollars, will fly as a passenger plane for members of the Royal Household and other VIPs.

They were meant to join the Air Force’s Boeing 737 and Airbus aircraft currently deployed on similar purposes.

Meanwhile, the new Thai Air Force chief is expected to consider buying another four Saab JAS 39 Gripen fighters to add to an existing squadron of a dozen multi-role combat aircraft of the same type from Sweden.

The Air Force has 12 Gripen fighters at Air Wing 7 in the southern Surat Thani province. The Gripen squadron was procured in 2008 to replace the U.S.-made F-5E Tiger fighters.

The Swedish fighter is reported to cost about 69 million U.S. dollars per unit.

Editor: Zhang Dongmiao

Original post @xinhuanet.com

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Other sources also state RTAF interest in the An-70 see details of plane below.

I predict the RTAF will likely go for the An-70 over the C-130J due to price.

Hope they don’t pick the Chinese Y-9 transport plane

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Royal Thai Air Force C-130s

thaic130_4disRTAF C-130H Cockpit – Image @ainonline.com

 

 

Aircraft
T/V
Local S/N
AF/Unit
Version
Date
Status
79-1714
4861
Delivered:
60101
C-130H
Apr 1980
[act]
Current:
60101
RTAF 601 sqn
C-130H
Unknown
[act]
79-1715
4862
Delivered:
60102
C-130H
Aug 1980
[act]
Current:
60102
RTAF 601 sqn
C-130H
Unknown
[act]
79-1716
4863
Delivered:
60103
C-130H
Aug 1980
[act]
Current:
60103
RTAF 601 sqn
C-130H
Aug 1980
[act]
82-0666
4959
Delivered:
60104
C-130H-30
Apr 1983
[act]
Current:
60104
RTAF 601 sqn
C-130H-30
Unknown
[act]
5146
Delivered:
60105
C-130H-30
Unknown
[act]
Current:
60105
RTAF 601 sqn
C-130H-30
Unknown
[act]
5148
Delivered:
60106
C-130H-30
Unknown
[act]
Current:
60106
RTAF 601 sqn
C-130H-30
Unknown
[act]
5208
Delivered:
60107
C-130H-30
Unknown
[act]
Current:
60107
RTAF 601 sqn
C-130H-30
Unknown
[act]
5209
Delivered:
60108
C-130H
Unknown
[act]
Current:
60108
RTAF 601 sqn
C-130H
Sep 2010
[act]
5272
Delivered:
60109
C-130H
Unknown
[act]
Current:
60109
RTAF 601 sqn
C-130H
Unknown
[act]
5274
Delivered:
60110
C-130H
Unknown
[act]
Current:
60110
RTAF 601 sqn
C-130H
Unknown
[act]
5280
Delivered:
60111
C-130H-30
Sep 1992
[act]
Current:
60111
RTAF 601 sqn
C-130H-30
Sep 1992
[act]
5281
Delivered:
60112
C-130H-30
Unknown
[act]
Current:
60112
RTAF 601 sqn
C-130H-30
Unknown
[act]

Abbreviations and symbols:

[act]
Active
[i/a]
Instructional Airframe
[sto]
Stored (e.g. at AMARG)
[cld]
Cancelled Order
[msh]
Involved in Mishap
[w/o]
Write-off
[con]
Converted
[o/o]
On Order
[des]
Destroyed (drone)
[pre]
Preserved (museum, gateguard)
T/V
LM Aero Type/Version (Construction) number
[emb]
Embargoed
[scr]
Scrapped

Source @c-130.net

60107-thailand-royal-thai-air-force-lockheed-c-130h-30-hercules_planespottersnet_68340260107 Thailand – Royal Thai Air Force Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules – Image @planespotters.net

Antonov An-70: Details

2258274 Antonov An-70 @cdn-www.airliners.net

Shaanxi Y-9 (Yun-9)

y-9a

Flight crew 4
Cargo cabin size (length/width/height) 16.2m/3.2m/2.35m
Empty weight 39,000kg
Overloading take-off weight 81,000kg
Maximum take-off weight 65,000 kg / 77,000kg
Maximum landing weight 77,000kg
Operational empty weight 39,000kg
Payload 20t or 106 paratroopers

Normal 25,000kg;
Maximum 30,000kg;
132 armed paratroopers; or
vehicles and weapons

Loading capacity quick loading/unloading, can load nine international standard pallets of 108″×88″ or eight 125″×96″, low-altitude airdrop ability, airdrop weight of 20t once, max. single cargo weight (10t), airdrop of 132 parachutists at a time
Turboprop engines large power, lightweight, low consumption, high reliability, easy maintenance
propellers made of advanced composite materials, high efficiency, low noise, light weight
max level speed 650km/h
Cruising speed 550km/h / 600~650km/h
Cruising altitude 8,000m- 9,000m
service ceiling 10,100m
Range 2,200km 15t payload
Range 5,000km max range
Range 7,800km Ferry range
Flight endurance 12 hours
Total body life 50000 flight hours / 20000 flight sortie/30 calendar years
Avionics advanced communication system, navigation system, radar system, EFIS, integrated engine indication system, flight management system (FMS), autopilot (AP), GPS / inertial navigation equipment, electrical system, etc

Source @globalsecurity.org

4 × Zhuzhou WoJiang-6C (FWJ-6C) turboprops, 3,805 kw (5,100 shp) each

web (1).jpgUntitled-1.jpgImage @transporta.ru
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