The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has outlined its commitment to a new policy aimed at supporting local technological advancement through procurements. The 'purchase and develop' policy is intended to increase self-reliance in line with a wider government target to develop the national defence industry.
An RTAF official, speaking to Jane's at the Defense and Security (D&S) 2019 show in Bangkok, said the new policy will be applied to "all future procurements" of military aircraft and systems. He said the RTAF had previously implemented a similar strategy to secure technologies and knowhow, but the method was not applied systematically.
The official also explained that the purchase and develop policy will be applied through negotiations with foreign contractors, who will be required to outline plans in their procurement proposals as to how they will engage with the RTAF and/or local industry to support local involvement through technology transfers.
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