BANGKOK, Aug 30 (TNA) — American-made “Stryker” armored vehicles started to arrive and the army chief received them by himself at Don Mueang airport.
Army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong together with Admiral Phil Davidson, Commander of United States Indo-Pacific Command, on Thursday witnessed the delivery of the first four Stryker vehicles aboard two C-17 planed from Hawaii.
The first lot of 10 M1126 Infantry Carrier Vehicles will undergo a delivery ceremony at the Royal Thai Army headquarters on Sept 12. The army will receive 70 Stryker vehicles this year and 50 more next year.
Each reportedly cost about 80 million baht. This year’s 70-vehicle lot includes 23 ones the United States gives free of charge.
The army plans to deploy them at its infantry battalions in Chachoengsao province, east of Bangkok. (TNA)