The Royal Thai Army (RTA) received the first batch of Chinese-made VN-1 wheeled armored vehicles and supporting armored rescue vehicles at the port of Chonburi, Thailand from December 3 to 5, 2019.
In 2017, the RTA had ordered an initial 38 VN-1 wheeled infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and supporting VS27 armored rescue vehicles (ARV) manufactured by the China North Industries Corp. (NORINCO), as well as another 41 such vehicles in 2019. This time, the RTA received the first batch of 38 VN-1 armored vehicles from China, with the remaining orders due in the next two years.
The RTA may purchase additional VN-1 series to facilitate the implementation of the Development Plan for the Royal Thai Army for 2017-2021.
VN-1 is the export variant based on the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s Type 08 8×8 IFV. The VN-1C is armed with a 30 mm remote weapons station and an HJ-73 anti-tank missile.
In addition to the wheeled armored vehicles, 10 China-made VT-4 tanks and a tank repair vehicle were also delivered to the RTA on Tuesday. It is said that the RTA had officially applied to its Cabinet in January of 2019 for a 2.3 billion Baht (equivalent to $72.5 million) order for 14 Chinese VT-4 main battle tanks (MBTs). All the 38 tanks previously ordered in 2016 and 2017 had been fully delivered to the RTA in 2017.