Navy sub deal back on track

Navy sub deal back on track

Engine may be replaced by an electrical machine.

Navy sub deal back on track
A Renminbi- class S26 underwater model was displayed at a military event. ( File photo: Apichart Jinakul )

After the two parties reached an agreement on the subject earlier this year, the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) is now pressuring onward with its plan to purchase a 13.5 billion bass underwater from China, according to a military supply.

On Tuesday, Gen. Somsak Rungsita, an adviser to Defense Minister Sutin Klungsang and the head of a panel from the Defense Ministry tasked with addressing the submarine issue, met with a Chinese delegation led by Col Shi Xionning, a deputy director of China’s Bureau of Military Equipment and Technical Cooperation ( BOMETEC ), who was also serving as deputy director of BOMETEC.

According to the origin, the Chinese group met with Mr. Sutin the following morning for discussions.

According to the cause, both parties agreed to continue building the S26T Yuan-class underwater as part of a government-to-government sourcing agreement.

The source claimed that” the issue has been resolved because of the two countries ‘ friendly relations.”

The two parties agreed that the submarine had been installed in a CHD620 electrical generator in place of the German MTU396 engine.

” The CHD620 is, in reality, a submersible electric engine. It is not meant to serve as an engine”, according to the cause.

A working screen was formerly sent by the navy to China to observe the CHD620 generator’s testing.

The Chinese Defense Ministry has issued an business license for the CHD620, despite the fact that it has never previously been used. It has also received a certificate of authorization from Lloyd’s Register, a London- based foreign sea shipping categorization society, the source said.

Pakistan, which had a similar issue, even allowed China to remove a European- made engine with the CHD620 in a submersible Pakistan bought from China, the source said.

The Defence Ministry will then request that the government request an extension to the contract’s one and a half days to get ownership of the thread after the original deadline ended on December 30 of this year, according to the source.

According to the cause, the navy has also requested an interpretation of a contract change that would allow the government’s legal arm, the Council of State, to switch from the German-made engine to the Chinese-made electrical generator.

According to the cause, the navy is convinced that it has the authority to change the contract.

The source continued, claiming that China was putting together a number of organizations that sold arms to foreign nations, so there was a pause in resolving the issue. Those companies were eventually merged into BOMETEC, the cause said.

China will provide the army with a submarine education model and some spare parts for the post, which are also for about 200 million ringgit, in exchange for the prolonged construction of the submarine, the source said.

China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co ( CSOC ) was given the contract to construct the submarine in accordance with a G2G agreement with Thailand. Construction was reportedly on hold due to the engine issue, but was delayed due to the pandemic and was halfway finished.

A German-made diesel engine was the terms of the original agreement signed in May 2017. The strategy however changed after Germany turned down the engine’s offer to sell it to China because it qualifies as a military/defence item.

Following the EU’s recommendation in 1989 to impose an arms embargo on China, the restriction was placed. Beijing proposed a Chinese- made engine instead.