RUSSIA / THAILAND :- Russia to Take Part in All Thailand Military Tenders ::
Russia intends to take part in all tenders announced by Thailand on military equipment purchases, Mikhail Petukhov, a deputy director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), told us.
“In September, the Thai side announced a tender for supplies of attack helicopters. Rosoboronexport [state-owned arms exporter] is participating in this tender with Ka-52 and Mi-35M helicopters,” Petukhov said on the sidelines of the Thailand Defense & Security exhibition.
At the same time, Russia and Thailand have signed a contract on the supply of two Mi-17V-5 helicopters, an agreement on supplying a batch of such aircraft may be reached later.
“In September 2017, a contract was signed on supplying two Mi-17V-5 helicopters to the Royal Thai Army. [Supply] of a batch of aircraft could be under discussion in the future,” he said.
The Ka-52 Alligator is a highly maneuverable reconnaissance and combat helicopter, equipped with powerful offensive weapons, suitable for takeoff and landing in hot climates and mountainous terrains and easy to service.
The Mi-35M multirole attack helicopter is a modified version of the Mi-24V helicopter developed by the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, and has been produced by Russia’s Rostvertol plant since 2005.
The Thailand Defense & Security exhibition kicked off on Monday and will last through Thursday.
This year marks 120 years of diplomatic relations between Russia and Thailand.
Earlier this year, while meeting with Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Rusia “was interested in developing multi-pronged cooperation with the country.”