Sweden’s Saab Bids For Thai Air Force Contract

The three AEWC planes are a part of Thailand’s Air Force recently drafted wish list. Industry sources expect Bangkok will only consider small platforms, such as the Embraer ERJ-145 and the Saab 2000. The requirement calls for the purchase of three aircraft “capable for AEW&C”, but stipulates that only two should be fully equipped.
     The Swedish government has already offered to sell Thailand Saab 2000s with Ericsson Erieye radar as part of a proposal to supply the country with the Saab/BAE Systems Gripen fighter.
      The fighter jets are offered because the wish list also includes 12 to 18 new multi-role fighters, six transport aircraft each capable of carrying at least 40 troops, 12 8.5t combat search-and-rescue helicopters, and six unmanned air vehicles.
     The Thai Air Force is now evaluating the Gripen, Lockheed Martin F-16C/D and Sukhoi Su-30 for its new fighter requirement.

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