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Thailand asks approval of helicopter sale
by Richard Tomkins
Washington (UPI) Sep 30, 2014

Indra supplying defense system to Oman Air Force
Madrid (UPI) Sep 30, 2014 - An integrated surveillance and air defense system is being provided to the Sultanate of Oman's Air Force by Indra, a Spanish technology company.

The contract for the system, as well as service support, was awarded in open competition by Oman's Ministry of Defense, Indra said, but no details as to its value were disclosed.

"Indra's system will integrate its most advanced air surveillance solutions," the company said. "This radar operates for several air forces throughout the world to full satisfaction and currently handles the surveillance in Europe's NATO southwest flank."

Under the award, Indra will launch an extensive technical/operational training and technology transfer program to give Oman's Air Force the capabilities and technological resources for maintaining the supplied systems.

Technical details of the system to be provided to Oman were not disclosed. Indra also did not provide details on the performance period of the award.

A U.S. Foreign Military Sales package for UH-72A Lakota helicopters has been requested by the government of Thailand.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, in its required notification to Congress, said the U.S. State Department has already approved the deal, which carries an estimated value of $89 million.

"This proposed sale will contribute to Thailand's goal of upgrading and modernizing its military forces with a new light utility helicopter capable of meeting requirements for rotary-wing transportation, while further enhancing interoperability between Thailand the U.S., and among other allies," the agency said.

The UH-72A Lakota is a twin-engine aircraft first introduced into service in 2007. It has a maximum speed of 167 miles per hour and a range of 426 miles.

Thailand has requested nine aircraft as well as spare and repair parts, support equipment, communication equipment, publications and technical documentation, an Aviation Mission Planning Station, personnel training and training equipment, and logistics support.


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