The Royal Thai Army is eyeing a purchase of an aircraft worth 1.35 billion baht in the 2021 fiscal year, an insider from the Army Transportation Department stated on Monday.
The Army Transportation Department was earlier supposed to buy the new aircraft, as allocated under the 2020 fiscal year budget.
However, due to the outbreak of covid-19, the planned procurement was delayed for a later year.
The plan to purchase a new medium-sized aircraft was announced after the army’s procurement plan circulated online.
The aircraft projected to be bought by the Army Transportation Department is the Gulfstream G500, replacing the older turboprop Beechcraft 1900yf, which has been in service for more than three decades.
The Royal Thai Army previously delayed a 4.5-billion-baht procurement plan meant to acquire the second batch of 50 armored vehicles from the US due to covid-19’s outbreak.