More on the army’s deflated blimp

18 08 2010

PPT has recorded several posts on the army’s Sky Dragon zeppelin and other very large expenditures which are going to be mired in corruption for years to come. Look here and follow the links. The Bangkok Post has yet another story on the ill-fated and ill-considered – just plain stupid, in fact – Sky Dragon.

The army, which approved the purchase in July, has now deflated the airship “at its hangar in Pattani before the army returns the craft to the US manufacturer, Aria International.” We wish them luck in even locating the company. Its website has been turned off for more than 6 weeks. The army’s representatives “will travel to the US next week to discuss a replacement with the supplier. They will also discuss the possibility of repairing the craft.” Then this: “Deputy army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is poised to become the next army commander-in-chief, yesterday said … [h]e thought it was normal for the airship to have leaks as a result of weather conditions or storage problems.”

It seems Prayuth is going to continue the usual army dissembling over shady and dippy purchases.


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18 09 2017
Sky Dragon “investigation” 8 years late | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] The airship was purchased from the US company, Arial International Cooperation. [Bangkok Post reporter] Wassana [Nanuam] explains that the “airship is the brainchild of Gen Anupong and his second-in-command, Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha. They envision the airship as a sky-based surveillance and command station.” Leaving aside obvious questions about this assumption, the problem is that the airship can’t do what it is meant to, and there has even been trouble getting it into the air. The airship has seepage holes and it initially costs 2.8 million baht to inflate and then 280,000 baht a month to top-up. There has been considerable criticism…. [Prayuth later said that such leaks were “normal.”] […]

18 09 2017
Sky Dragon “investigation” 8 years late | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] The airship was purchased from the US company, Arial International Cooperation. [Bangkok Post reporter] Wassana [Nanuam] explains that the “airship is the brainchild of Gen Anupong and his second-in-command, Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha. They envision the airship as a sky-based surveillance and command station.” Leaving aside obvious questions about this assumption, the problem is that the airship can’t do what it is meant to, and there has even been trouble getting it into the air. The airship has seepage holes and it initially costs 2.8 million baht to inflate and then 280,000 baht a month to top-up. There has been considerable criticism…. [Prayuth later said that such leaks were “normal.”] […]




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