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Harpoon missiles to be equipped on high-performance frigate

The Harpoon anti-ship missiles to be procured from the US will be equipped on the high-performance frigate HTMS Tachin now under construction in South Korea, the Royal Thai Navy's spokesman's office said in a statement.

The statement was in response to US Defense Security Cooperation Agency's announcement on Aug 10 that the US State Department has made a determination approving the sale of five RGM-84L Harpoon Block II Surface Launched Missiles and one RTM-84L Harpoon Block II Exercise Missile at estimated cost of US$24.9 million (about 828 million baht).

The RTN has set aside the 2016-2018 budget for the planned procurement of the Harpoon missiles, according to the RTN's spokesman office.

If there is no objection from the Congress within 30 days, a procurement deal can then be inked and delivery will be made within three years, said the RTN.

In its Aug 10 announcement, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said the proposed sale of the Harpoon Block II missiles and support will increase the RTN's maritime partnership potential.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the U.S.-Thai strategic relationship and to improve the security of an important partner, said the DSCA.

The deal also include funding for missile containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, personnel training and training equipment and contractor support.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)