Thailand to buy US army helicopters for $77 million

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Lakota2The Thai armed forces will buy six Lakota military helicopters worth an estimated $77 million, the Pentagon announced on June 21.

“This proposed sale will contribute to Thailand’s goal to upgrade and modernize its military forces with a new light utility helicopter capable of meeting requirements for rotary-wing transportation, while further enhancing greater interoperability between Thailand the US, and among other allies,” the Pentagon’s Defence Security Cooperation Agency, which handles US arms sales abroad, said in a statement.

Aerospace giant EADS North America was named as the main contractor for the helicopter deal.

The Lakota aircraft are typically used by the US National Guard for emergency response missions and border security. It is a military version of the Eurocopter EC145 built by French-German Eurocopter Group.

The sale could set the stage for bigger arms deals as Washington tries to shift its strategic focus to the Asia-Pacific region. US defense companies also want to take advantage of increased military spending in the area.

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The Thai armed forces will buy six Lakota military helicopters worth an estimated $77 million, the Pentagon announced on June 21.

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Lakota2The Thai armed forces will buy six Lakota military helicopters worth an estimated $77 million, the Pentagon announced on June 21.

“This proposed sale will contribute to Thailand’s goal to upgrade and modernize its military forces with a new light utility helicopter capable of meeting requirements for rotary-wing transportation, while further enhancing greater interoperability between Thailand the US, and among other allies,” the Pentagon’s Defence Security Cooperation Agency, which handles US arms sales abroad, said in a statement.

Aerospace giant EADS North America was named as the main contractor for the helicopter deal.

The Lakota aircraft are typically used by the US National Guard for emergency response missions and border security. It is a military version of the Eurocopter EC145 built by French-German Eurocopter Group.

The sale could set the stage for bigger arms deals as Washington tries to shift its strategic focus to the Asia-Pacific region. US defense companies also want to take advantage of increased military spending in the area.

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