RTN dives deep into China’s embrace with submarine deal

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN), beneath the command of Navy Chief Admiral Choengchai Chomchoengpaet, confirmed plans to seek governmental approval for the purchase of a Chinese submarine, outfitted with a Chinese-made engine. This determination was announced yesterday, following the navy’s settlement to put in a CHD620 Chinese engine in the S26T Yuan-class submarine presently being constructed by China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co (CSOC).
The Chinese engine has undergone rigorous inspection and has been permitted by the RTN for its security and effectivity. To further instil confidence on this choice, CSOC has extended the warranty on the submarine engine from two to eight years. This guarantee includes coverage for spare parts and the availability of Chinese officials for support in the course of the maintenance of the submarine over this eight-year period, which may also embody possible upgrades.
Censored emphasised the importance of acquiring the navy’s first Chinese submarine to boost maritime safety and strengthen its operations inside the Southeast Asia area.
However, there is hypothesis concerning the new government presumably opting for a German-made engine for the Chinese submarine challenge, or even buying a German submarine.
Addressing these potentialities, Adm Choengchai revealed that Germany had declined to sell its engine for a Chinese-made submarine. He added that a new procurement challenge may potentially exceed the RTN’s price range. The RTN had beforehand proven interest in Germany’s MTU396 diesel engine for the submarine challenge.
In the approaching week, Admiral Choengchai plans to finalise the RTN’s submarine request for the new government, forward of his retirement at the finish of the month. If the Chinese-made engine receives approval, the development of the ordered Chinese submarine, which is already underway, is predicted to take roughly three more years to complete, reported Bangkok Post.
Thailand has been exploring the possibility of engaging in a barter trade association with China as an answer to address procurement challenges associated to the submarine. Read more HERE.
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