Chinese submarines would not be
submitted to the Cabinet for the
time being pending a thorough
study. Cabinet approval is the final
crucial step to moving forward
with the program.
This announcement comes on the
heels of the late June announcement
that the 17-member Submarine Procurement Committee appointed by
the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) voted in
favor of the Chinese solution for the
The program called for the procurement of three submarines at a
cost of $1.06 billion, or around
$355 million per hull, which will
be based on the Type 041 or S20
export variant. The Thai Cabinet
was expected to announce the preferred supplier decision by the
third quarter of the year.
Although there was no timeline
given by the defense minister as to
when the thorough study would be
started or completed, it appears the
decision was political in nature.
There is opposition to the program
with the RTN and the Defense
Ministry, in addition to politicians
and activists. Many in the civil
population believe that the funds
would be better spent on the local
economy. This scenario has be-
come very familiar as the RTN con-
tinues its quest for submarines,
which started in the 1990s.
Rodman Patrol Boats
Rodman Polyships of Spain has
signed a $46.6 million contract to
build five Rodman 111 patrol boats
for the Royal Oman Police Coast
Guard. The contract for the five
patrol boats is expected to be completed in 24 months, with all vessels being delivered by July 2017.
The Rodman 111 Interceptor
Patrol Vessel is 35. 3 meters (115.8
feet) in length with a displacement
of around 130 tons. It is made from
glass-reinforced polyester and
powered by two 16-cylinder diesel
engines driving two waterjets for a
top speed of 40 knots. Crewed by
15 personnel, the Rodman 111 has
a range of 600 nautical miles.
Sensors will include a navigation radar, surface search radar and
electro-optical night vision. The
vessels will be equipped with a digital chart display navigation system
as well as a stern ramp for small
boat launch and recovery.
The boats will be delivered with
space and weight available for the
installation of light weapons, including up to a 25mm remote weapon
station and 12.7mm and 7.62mm
machine guns. These will be government furnished equipment and contracted for under a separate order. ■
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