Thailand plans to procure 1 Offshore Patrol Vessel, 2 Patrol Gunboats, OPV upgrades in 2023

 

 A Krabi-class offshore patrol vessel of the Royal Thai Navy. Photo c/o RTN.



The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has confirmed that it has requested for the acquisition of additional vessels as part of the naval budget requested for Fiscal Year 2023.

According to the RTN's social media page, the service has submitted a request for funding approval for a new Offshore Patrol Vessel, as well as two patrol gunboats.

These ships will supplement the existing patrol fleet assets of the RTN, in accordance to its goals to have six Offshore Patrol Vessels and more patrol gunboats under its medium term goals.

It was also reported in 2021 that the RTN was planning to submit a request for a new OPV with a proposed budget of THB6.5 billion (US$194 million).

Currently, the RTN operates 2 Krabi-class offshore patrol vessels, which were built locally by the Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard, with the design based on the Improved River-class design from UK's BAE Systems. 

It also operates 2 Pattani-class offshore patrol vessels that were procured and built in China.

The RTN also operates several patrol gunboats, with the M58-class being the latest type in its fleet. The M58-class are built by local company Marsun Co. Ltd.

Aside from new ships, the RTN has also requested for funding to upgrade the Pattani-class offshore patrol vessels, including the installation of MBDA MM40 Exocet Block 3 anti-ship missiles, and additional guns.





[1] AAG_Th Thai Defense Page
[2] Navy Recognition

Thailand plans to procure 1 Offshore Patrol Vessel, 2 Patrol Gunboats, OPV upgrades in 2023 Thailand plans to procure 1 Offshore Patrol Vessel, 2 Patrol Gunboats, OPV upgrades in 2023 Reviewed by Asia Pacific Defense Journal on January 29, 2022 Rating: 5

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