BAE Systems is positioning its Type 31 multipurpose frigate to meet potential opportunities in the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) for additional surface combatants.
A spokesperson for the company told Jane’s on 6 November at the Defence & Security 2017 show in Bangkok that, if selected to fulfil requirements, BAE Systems would offer to build the Type 31 frigate in partnership with local industry.
The RTN ordered one light frigate from South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in 2013 at a cost of about USD400 million. This 122 m vessel is being built in South Korea and is scheduled to be delivered to the RTN in August 2018.
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