The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has signed a contract to procure a Type 071E (Yuzhao)-class landing platform dock (LPD) from China. The deal was signed in Beijing on 9 September and is reportedly worth THB4 billion (USD130 million).
Sources in Bangkok confirmed the deal to Jane’s on 11 September, but the RTN has not yet provided any official details. Jane’s understands that the service has been looking to secure funds for the acquisition for several years. Funding was provided through the 2020 defence budget, which was announced earlier this month, at THB233.35 billion.
ChinaMil, the official news portal run by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), said on 11 September that the contract agreement had been signed by the RTN and the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).
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