D&S 2019: China scoops up lucrative navy contracts in Thailand - NWI - Naval Warfare - Shephard Media:
Chinese companies were major players at Defense & Security 2019, with shipbuilders out in force in Bangkok as the kingdom awaits delivery of a submarine and landing platform dock (LPD).
Thailand’s 2,550t S26T submarine is due for delivery in 2023, according to a spokesperson from the China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Company (CSOC). Its keel was laid down by Wuchang Shipbuilding in Wuhan on 5 September, after the first steel was cut in September 2018.
A video presentation confirmed that the S26T, being bought for $430 million via a 2017 contract, is based on the Yuan class operated by the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), as is the Pakistan Navy’s pending submarine order. These are the only two export customers for this type so far.........read rest of article
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