Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan on Saturday denied having purchased missiles from the United States, saying the army had already ordered the weapons.
His reaction came in response to media reports that the US State Department had approved the sale of five RGM-84L Harpoon Block II missiles, costing Thailand approximately Bt828 million (US$24.9 million).
A statement issued by the US State reported that Thailand had requested purchase of the five anti-ship missiles, in addition to another missile to be for use by the DW3000 Class Frigate.
The proposal included containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment. It also included technical assistance from US government and contractor representatives, engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support.
“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the US-Thai strategic relationship and to improve the security of an important partner,” the statement said.