The Royal Thai Army has placed an order for 37 new 1126 Stryker armoured vehicles from the US, valued around US$80 million.
The US-manufactured armoured vehicles are are expected to be delivered later this year to the 11th Light Infantry Division based in Chachoengsao, in Thailand’s east.
The deal signifies a warming of relations between the Thai army and US armament suppliers after the Thai army had switched to other sources, such as China and Ukraine for recent military procurements.
The army bought 96 BTR3E1 armoured vehicles from Ukraine, which were deployed at the 2nd Infantry Regiment in Prachin Buri province and the 21st Infantry Regiment based in Chon Buri province. The army also bought Chinese-made VN1 armoured vehicles which were deployed at the 1st and 2nd Infantry Regiments based in the northern province of Uttradit.