Time constraints prevent US sale of F-35 fighter jets: RTAF

ACM Napadej Dhupatemiya, then commander of the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), left, meets Gen Ken Wilsbach, commander of the United States Pacific Air Forces, to discuss the RTAF’s plan to buy F-35 fighter jets. The meeting took place in Hawaii in March 2022. (Photo: RTAF)

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has provided an explanation as to why the United States is not selling its F-35 fighter jets to Thailand at this time.

There were several time constraints that prevented the US from supplying its fifth-generation fighter jets to the Thai air force following the request for procurement, RTAF spokesman AVM Prapas Sonjaidee said on Thursday.

He said the US requires a minimum of 10 years to process its supply of F-35A jets to a new…

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