WASHINGTON (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 25th September, 2019) The State Department authorized the sale of eight light attack reconnaissance helicopters and related equipment to Thailand in a deal valued at $400 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced in a press release.
"The Government of Thailand has requested to buy eight (8) AH-6i light attack reconnaissance helicopters; fifty (50) AGM-114R Hellfire missiles; and two-hundred (200) Advance Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) Rockets," the release said on Tuesday. "The total estimated program cost is $400 million."
The package also includes 10 Mini Guns, 10 rocket launchers, 500 Hydra rockets, 20 night vision goggles and other equipment, the release added.
The AH-6i helicopters will replace the Royal Thai Army's aging fleet of seven AH-IF Cobra helicopters as part of a broader military modernization effort, according to the release.