Thailand to buy Russian Mi-17V5 helicopters - report

The Mi-17V5 helicopter.

The Mi-17V5 helicopter.

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Bangkok will replace its Boeing CH-47 Chinooks with Russian helicopters.

Thailand plans to buy Russian Mi-17V5 helicopters, the Thai Army's Commander-in-Chief Teerachai Nakwanich said on May 18, according to Sputnik News.

“We need helicopters to replace outdated US CH-47 Chinook that are used as main military transport helicopters,” Nakwanich told a Thai television channel, according to the report. “We do not have money to buy new Chinooks, our budget is very limited and Russia's helicopters meet our requirements both in their characteristics and prices.”

Thailand and Russia are expected to sign several commercial and defense agreements this week. 

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha will hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on May 18, before heading to Sochi for the Russia-ASEAN summit.

Read more: Russian-built pilot training facility in India starts operations

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