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The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) is set to procure either Swedish-produced Gripen E-series or American F-16 Block 70 fighter jets later this year. The information came to light during an address by RTAF chief Phanpakdee Pattanakul to senior air force officials at the RTAF headquarters. Phanpakdee noted that the original plan to purchase American … …

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The Thais already fly both fighters in earlier versions so the transition will be easy and cost effective. Nice to see they gave up on the unrealistic desire to buy F-35s, something they don't need and probably can't afford. I don't think they can go wrong with either fighter. That said the Gripin has some unique features which should give it a leg up but there is a geo-political advantage in buying the F-16. Flip a coin and you can't go wrong whichever side lands up. 

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