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Air force says proposed B40bn budget includes ‘essential projects’

Increase of nearly 11% would cover replacement of ageing Airbus and other items

The RTAF’s ageing Airbus A340-500 arrives back at Wing 6 in Don Muang, Bangkok, in February with Thais evacuated from earthquake-devastated southern Turkey. In service for 18 years, it is due to be decommissioned in 2026. (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)

The air force is seeking a budget of 40 billion baht for fiscal 2024, with the extra money needed for essential aircraft upgrades and replacements, the commander-in-chief said on Wednesday.

The fiscal 2023 budget allocation for the Royal Thai Air Force was 36.1 billion baht. 

ACM Alongkorn Wannarot said the RTAF needed the 10.8% increase for projects that would take years…

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