Thailand to Replace Chinooks with MI-17's

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  1. Pathfinder

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    Thailand buys Mil Mi-17 transport helicopters from Russia

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    BANGKOK, May 17 (Xinhua) -- Thailand is shopping for Russian transport helicopters for uses in fire-fighting and disaster relief missions, said Deputy Premier Prawit Wongsuwan on Tuesday.

    He confirmed that Thai leader Prayut Chan-o-cha is placing a purchase order for 10 Mil Mi-17 helicopters during his official visit to Moscow scheduled from Tuesday until Friday.

    The Russian transport helicopters, reported to incur a combined cost of about 86 million U.S. dollars, will be primarily used in the Thai army's missions to support fire-fighting in the forests and other disaster reliefs, Gen Prawit said.

    The 10 Mil Mi-17 helicopters will add to a fleet of the United States-made CH-47 Chinook helicopters primarily deployed in the army's transport and utility missions.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-05/17/c_135366094.htm

    Royal ‪Thai‬ ‪‎Army‬ Plans to replace CH-47D ‪‎Chinook‬ with ‪‎Russian‬ Mi-17V5

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    “We need helicopters to replace outdated US CH-47 Chinook that are used as main military transport helicopters. We do not have money to buy new Chinooks, our budget is very limited and Russia’s helicopters meet our requirements both in their characteristics and prices,” Nakwanich said in an interview with Fifth National TV channel of Thailand, commenting on the recent statements of the prime minister.

    http://defence-blog.com/news/ch-47d-mi-17v5.html

    I don't believe that the price was the primary driver behind the decision to switch over to the MI-17 from the Chinook. India and Turkey which are both countries that normally shop for good deals on the international market went for the Chinook over other helicopters. India could have bought more MI-17's but they bought the Chinook, price doesn't seem to be an issue. Thailand's current government is not friendly to the United States. They are shifting away from us and that is most evident with their recent military procurements.
     
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    Indeed, it's much "easier" to deal with nations where backroom deals are common than with those where these procurements are scrutinized and transparent
     
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    Agreed, they might not want to deal with all of the human rights, democracy mumbo jumbo when trying to buy weapons. The sincerity behind our concerns for these are also questionable, I don't think any country actual believes we care about those. If we did then no dictatorship or human rights violators would have any modern US weapons. In geopolitics its all about interests.
     
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    The main reason.
     
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