U.S. to Deliver Armored Vehicles to Thailand Next Month

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(Bloomberg) -- Thailand will receive a batch of U.S.-made armored vehicles next month, as ties between the two countries warm following the end of military rule in the Southeast Asian nation.

The Strykers -- eight-wheeled vehicles designed to move infantry -- will be deployed at a base near Bangkok, Army Chief Apirat Kongsompong told reporters on Tuesday.

U.S. to Deliver Armored Vehicles to Thailand Next Month

Apirat said Thailand will receive 70 of the combat vehicles by year-end under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program. He didn’t give a value for the deal.

The U.S. is a key supplier of weapons to treaty ally Thailand. For instance, Lockheed Martin Corp. F-16 fighter jets and Black Hawk helicopters are among U.S. products used by the Southeast Asian nation.

Ties cooled while Thailand was ruled by a junta, a period during which the country stepped up purchases of materiel from China. A civilian administration was sworn in last month after a disputed general election in March.

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