Thailand receives approval from US for the supply of FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles

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The US State Department has given its clearance for the sale of FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles and related equipment to the Thai government for an estimated cost of $83.5 million.

The US State Department has notified the US Congress of a potential deal in which the Thai government has requested the sale of 300 FGM-148 Javelin fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missiles and 50 Javelin Command Launch Units (CLU), according to a press release from the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

Enhanced Producibility Basic Skills Trainers, missile simulation rounds, Security Assistance Management Directorate (SAMD) Technical Assiatance, and a variety of other things, parts, services, and logistics support are also provided.

The new missiles are scheduled to replace the RTA’s antiquated 106mm Recoilless Rifles, which have been in service since the Vietnam War.

The missiles would boost the RTA’s light anti-tank capabilities while also improving interoperability with US forces during training and combat operations.

Thailand is a major non-NATO ally of the United States in Southeast Asia, as well as a strategic partner devoted to regional security.

The issuance of an approval does not imply a sale, and will be contingent on the Thai government’s approval. During subsequent conversations and discussions, the Thai and US governments are likely to fine-tune the agreement.

The Thai Government has placed the initial tranche funding for the acquisition of new Javelin missiles under fiscal year 2022 on hold, according to The Bangkok Post, as it slashes defense budget to provide funds for COVID-19 pandemic expenses.

The RTA also planned to finance the transaction in installments from 2022 to 2024, according to the report. The RTA did not protest to the funding drop for 2022, and it will be re-submitted for funding request ideas commencing in 2023 instead.

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