F-35 purchase now ruled out


Time constraints kill pricey jet procurement

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) said its proposed procurement of F-35 fighter jets has fallen through due to time constraints.

AVM Prapas Sonjaidee, an air force spokesman, explained on Thursday what time constraints prevented the US from supplying its fifth-generation fighter jets to the Thai air force.

AVM Prapas said the US requires a minimum of 10 years to process its supply of F-35A jets to a new buying country before delivery.

As part of that, the buying country needs to install specific infrastructure, training and security systems, as the jets are designed with new technical and operational concepts and possess stealth capability, he said.

In addition, he said the logistics, inventory and…

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