UK and Thailand to hold joint military excercise

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UK and Thailand to hold joint military excercise

Post by buksida » Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:34 am

Thailand and the United Kingdom will launch a new joint military exercise, the Defense Ministry announced Thursday.

The agreement came from a meeting in London between Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, the junta No. 2 who also serves as defense minister, and his British counterpart Michael Fallon, according to Thai ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Kongcheep Tantravanich.

Prawit was in London to attend Defence and Security Equipment International, an arms fair.

The new exercise, called Panther Gold, will be held Oct. 30 to Dec. 1 at a military base in Kanchanaburi province, Kongcheep said. What forces and equipment the British Armed Forces will commit were not disclosed, nor were specifics about the nature of the exercises.


It’s a breakthrough for the military regime, which saw European relations nearly frozen following its 2014 coup d’etat. The planned exercises come as the United States has increased what had been scaled-down commitments to a longtime exercise known as Cobra Gold following the coup.

Besides cooperating on military and national security issues, the discussion between the two defense ministers included talk about Thailand’s commitment to holding elections, Kongcheep said.

Prawit also met with Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field, with whom he exchanged views about international security and how to improve partnerships for investment and defense.

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Post by Big Boy » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:15 am

That's going to be a logistical nightmare for UK forces, and very expensive. They must be hoping for a very big order out of it.
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Post by oakdale160 » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:50 am

Isn't there something ironic about deploying British troops to Kanchanaburi

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Re: UK and Thailand to hold joint military excercise

Post by albaker » Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:20 pm

Big Boy wrote:
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:15 am
That's going to be a logistical nightmare for UK forces, and very expensive. They must be hoping for a very big order out of it.
Depends on size of exercise and size troop movement . Does not quite stack up as British troops already undertake training of this type , Marines and Gurkhas etc . are regularly deployed in Borneo on exercises , would not surprise me to find out these are already in theatre given the date of exercise , October 2017 !
As far as " big order " the military gets zilch , armament companies may make a killing but Thailand is already a major user/buyer of American hardware as is the UK .

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Post by StevePIraq » Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:17 pm

Start date seems a bit strange, the last day of the late Kings funeral.
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Post by centermid7 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:49 am

That the two countries are going to put together a joint exercise, especially a meaningful one, in this short of a time period is really a joke.

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Re: UK and Thailand to hold joint military excercise

Post by J.J.B. » Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:28 pm

albaker wrote:
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:20 pm
Thailand is already a major user/buyer of American hardware as is the UK .
Come on now, there is a big difference between buying stuff and being able to use it. Putting the UK and Thai military in the same sentence in this regard is laughable.
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Re: UK and Thailand to hold joint military excercise

Post by albaker » Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:58 pm

J.J.B. wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:28 pm
albaker wrote:
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:20 pm
Thailand is already a major user/buyer of American hardware as is the UK .
Come on now, there is a big difference between buying stuff and being able to use it. Putting the UK and Thai military in the same sentence in this regard is laughable.
Read whole sentence .
Did not state anything regarding expertise in professional usage of equipment / training , only that both " BUY " hardware , some I believe from USA . :?

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