Eat as much as possible

2 03 2015

When the military holds the monopoly of power in Thailand it usually leads to deals that fill the pockets and cushion the lives of the top brass.

In other words they reward themselves for illegal putsches. Often they throw in a bit of kit for the royals. We expect that this is what is happening as taxpayers pay the Army for new VIP helicopters:

The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters to purchase six EC145 T2 light utility helicopters for VIP transport duties, it was announced on 23 February.

Photo from Airbus website

Photo from Airbus website

The value of the EC145 T2 contract, which IHS Jane’s understands was signed in late January, has not been disclosed but is estimated to be worth about USD50 million. Under the terms of the contract, the helicopters will be delivered to the RTA from 2016.

The Airbus announcement is here.

The military dictatorship is looking after the interests of its brass and others it ferries around. A kind of policy corruption perhaps?


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