PM says armored vehicle purchase well studied

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha.

The Prime Minister has voiced his assurance that the nation’s security sector has thoroughly considered its purchase of armored vehicles from China, deeming them worthwhile and of the required quality.

Questioned Friday about the Cabinet’s approval of a 2.3 billion baht purchase of VN1 armored vehicles from China, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha pointed out that Royal Thai Army Commander Gen Chalermchai Sittisat has already clarified all aspects of the matter while confirming that the security sector as well as the National Council for Peace and Order has assigned committees to study and evaluate the acquisition.

The PM elaborated that all the committees involved deemed the Chinese hardware to be worthwhile and supportive of Thailand’s desire to stay in step with the international community. He mentioned that Thai made armored vehicles still need to be developed further.

The premier’s assurance echoed that of his Deputy Prime Minister for Security Affairs and Defense Minister, Gen Prawit Wongsuwan.