Air Force hopes to get US answer on F-35 by July

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Air Force hopes to get US answer on F-35 by July

Air Force hopes to get US answer on F-35 by July

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2022

The Royal Thai Air Force expects to receive an answer from the US government on the F-35 jet in the first half of 2023.

RTAF chief ACM Alongkorn Wannarot said on Thursday that the Air Force had informed the US government that Thailand wanted to buy F-35A aircraft to replace its ageing F-16s, which are near their decommissioning period.

He said the operational service time of fighter aircraft cannot be extended for long and that includes the F-16.

Alongkorn expects the US government to provide an answer on the F-35 between January and July 2023.

He explained that the deal is worthwhile because one F-35 aircraft is equal to three F-16 jets.

Alongkorn added that he has not considered any backup plan as yet if the US declines the offer.

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