The Royal Thai Navy has extended the deadline for China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co (CSOC) to fulfill its agreement to purchase MTU396 diesel engines made in Germany for their S26T Yuan-class submarine purchase.
Royal Thai Navy spokesperson Pokkrong Monthatphalin has disclosed that the navy has given the CSOC a new deadline following a meeting on Thursday between Navy Chief of Staff Adm Tharoengsak Sirisawat and CSOC vice president Liu Song.
The new deadline is for the Chinese contractor to fulfill the agreement by August 9, 2022.
According to Adm Tharoengsak, CSOC said it had exhausted all available options to persuade the German manufacturer of the diesel engine to approve its purchase request and offered to use a CHD620 diesel engine instead of the German-made engine. The Royal Thai Navy declined the offer, stating that the engine used must meet four key requirements: it must be certified for real-world use with a submarine according to standards, it must pass a safety for real-world use, it must have a warranty and after-sales services and maintenance, and it must meet the needs of the Royal Thai Navy.The delivery of the submarine is scheduled for 2024. (NNT)