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Israel-based Elbit Systems has won an international bid to supply the Royal Thai Navy with seven Hermes 900 Kochav drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) at a cost of about four billion baht, RTN Spokesman Vice Adm Pokkrong Monthatphalin said today (Friday).

 

He said that Defence Permanent Secretary General Warakiat Rattananont signed an approval for the winning bid yesterday and that a formal contract for the acquisition of the drones is expected to be signed within 30 days, between the RTN and Elbit Systems’ representative in Thailand.

 

The procurement has been approved by the Comptroller Department and an official public announcement will be issued after the formal signing of the contract.

 

Full Story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/royal-thai-navy-chooses-israeli-made-hermes-900-kochav-drones/

 

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Is this instead of the Subs ,,, or are they doing well and getting both , Elbit Systems’ representative in Thailand. I thought there would have to be a middle man in Thailand to facilitate this deal.......

 

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1 hour ago, Enoon said:

 

 

It also only costs about $2 million per unit excluding the control vehicles. It is also in service and very effective with a number of countries. It is a newer design than the Israeli version and well proven in combat.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baykar_Bayraktar_TB2

 

The Israeli model costs around 570.xxx.xxx each and come complete with control systems

 

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9 minutes ago, sanuk711 said:

It does seem a high price-- there are different types of drones, these are not the ones that fly down explode & take out a tank.

Giving them to the navy, not the Army--would suggest long range drones.

 

This is the same company that supplied Sri Lanka government a few years back-- they had been fighting the Tamil Tigers, since 1976,

with the drones they were wiped out in 8 months, in what some were calling the Tamil genocide.

 

 

 

 

 

It also depends on the weapon load.

 

A weapon that will take out a tank or a bunker would be useless on troops in an open area.

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8 hours ago, TropicalGuy said:

To use against WHO ? Thailand has NO ENEMIES. So Needs No Military at all in fact . Let alone useless military spending when eight million Thais in desperate Poverty with rubbish primary Education. 😡😩 

Does it really matter, the procurers are happy, that's what matters!

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As long as you don't have to wait many years to get them, and you can upgrade them ,than good choice. I know the Chinese ones are much cheaper but they are only copies

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 The US bidder failed the screening test.

 

Be very interesting to see who was on that committee ! Considering lowly Turkey got on the final 4 !

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Royal Thai Navy chooses Israeli-made Hermes 900 Kochav drones

Several Iranian spies in the kingdom got so angry that they blew themselves up.

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14 hours ago, DezLez said:

The aircraft carrier might actually end up with some aircraft (of sorts) at last.

 

I hope they have under water capabilities, if used on there Aircraft carrier.

 

Also could be a problem with the supply of of engines.

Maybe Briggs & Stratton can help.  :giggle:

 

 

 

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14 hours ago, ChrisY1 said:

What I wonder are the commissions??

How many noughts in a billion?

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In other news, Admiral Somchai Ratapadasaka$hit has ordered his procuring officers to attend English school, as the aforementioned officers giddily thought they were ordering a weapon that would infect the enemy with a sexual disease....

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2 hours ago, vandeventer said:

As long as you don't have to wait many years to get them, and you can upgrade them ,than good choice. I know the Chinese ones are much cheaper but they are only copies

Ha ha get a grip !

 

 

 

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17 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Israel-based Elbit Systems has won an international bid to supply the Royal Thai Navy with seven Hermes 900 Kochav drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) at a cost of about four billion baht, RTN Spokesman Vice Adm Pokkrong Monthatphalin said today (Friday).

I'm sure they are urgently needed.

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