The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has outlined a commitment to ensure that all future procurements are accompanied by offset-like requirements to ensure foreign contractors engage with RTAF technical teams and the country’s aerospace and defence industries.
In the RTAF’s new White Paper, which was published on 20 February, it states that its “purchase and development” (P&D) concept will be applied to all future acquisitions of equipment in order to support national “sustainable development”.
The RTAF said in the White Paper that the P&D concept focuses on several methods to support indigenous capability development. These include technology transfers; supporting RTAF capability to allow “further materiel development in-house”; and to support domestic industry’s involvement in development and production projects.
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