Thailand looks to procure more VN1 APCs from China

01 February 2019

The Royal Thai Army’s (RTA’s) ordnance department has published details about a potential procurement of another batch of 8x8 VN1 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) from China North Industries Corporation (Norinco).

The stated requirement features a total of 41 vehicles, the majority of which are VN1 and its variants, as well as associated equipment, ammunition, and projectiles. The value of the procurement is THB2.25 billion (USD72 million).

The notice, issued by the ordnance department in late January, outlines a plan to acquire three VN1 vehicles in the basic configuration, as well as 12 120 mm self-propelled mortar systems based on the VN1, nine “VS27” recovery armoured vehicles, two maintenance vehicles, 12 VN1 command post vehicles, and three VN1-based medical vehicles.

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