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Royal Thai Air Force
Emblem of the Royal Thai Air Force

Emblem of the Royal Thai Air Force
Country Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand
Service history
Active 2 November 1913
Size 45,000 Active personnel
58 Training aircraft
158 Fighters
10 Reconnaissance aircraft
22 Transport Aircraft
33 Helicopters
Part of Royal Thai Armed Forces
Battles World War I
Franco-Thai War
World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
Commanders
Commanders Air Chief Marshal Prajin Jantong
Insignia
Insignia
Flag of the Royal Thai Air Force

The Royal Thai Air Force or RTAF (Thai language:กองทัพอากาศไทย, RTGS: Kong Thab Akat Thai) is the air force of the Kingdom of Thailand. Since its establishment in 1913 as one of the earliest air forces of Asia, the Royal Thai Air Force had engaged in numerous major and minor battles. During the Vietnam War era, the air force was supplied with USAF-aid equipment.

HistoryEdit

In February 1911 the Belgian pilot Charles Van Den Born displayed the first aircraft in Siam at the Sa Pathum Horse Racing Course. The Siamese authorities were impressed enough that on 28 February 1912 they dispatched three officers to learn to fly in France, the main center of aviation development of the time. After learning to fly, the three officers returned to Siam in November 1913 with eight aircraft (four Breguets and four Nieuport IVs). In March of the next year they moved from Sa Pathum airfield to Don Muang.

The Ministry of Defence put the Siamese Flying Corps under the control of the Army Engineer Inspector General Department. Prince Purachatra, Commander of the Army Engineers, and his brother Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanath were instrumental in the development of the army's Royal Siamese Aeronautical Service to which it was renamed in 1919. In 1937, the service was again renamed when it became an independent service, as the Royal Siamese Air Force but the takeover of the country by the Thai ethnic group meant that name would only be used until 1939, when it became the Royal Thai Air Force.

During the French-Thai War, the Thai Air Force scored several air-to-air-victories against the Vichy Armée de l'Air. During World War II the Thai Air Force supported the Royal Thai Army in its occupation of the Burmese Shan States as allies of the Japanese in 1942 and defended Bangkok from allied air raids during the latter part of the war. Some RTAF personnel assisted the resistance against the Japanese. After World War II, the Thai Air Force sent three C-47s to support the United Nations in Korean War. The victorious Wings Unit, operating the C-47, also joined the US Forces in the Vietnam War. Along the border, the Thai Air Force launched many operations against communist forces, such as Ban Nam Ta Airfield Raid in Laos, and clashes occurred between Thai and Vietnamese troops along the Thai-Cambodian border. When the Cold War ended, the Thai Air Force participated in Operation Border Post 9631 along the Thai-Burmese border in 1999, and launched the evacuation of foreigners during the 2003 Phnom Penh riots in Cambodia.

Command and controlEdit

The Royal Thai Air Force is commanded by the Commander of the Royal Thai Air Force (ผู้บัญชาการทหารอากาศไทย) currently Air Chief Marshal Prajin Jantong, who was appointed in 2012.[1] The Royal Thai Air Force Headquarters is located in Don Muang Airbase, Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Commander-in-Chief: Air Chief Marshal Prajin Jantong
  • Deputy Commander-in-Chief: Air Chief Marshal Permkiat Lavanaman
  • Assistant Commander-in-Chief: Air Chief Marshal Songtham Chokkanapitak
  • Assistant Commander-in-Chief: Air Chief Marshal Chanat Rattanaubol
  • Chief of Staff of the Air Force: Air Chief Marshal Araya Ngampramual

List of CommandersEdit

OrganizationEdit

Unit colours of the Air Cadet Regiment, King's Guard, RTAF

Regimental colours guard of Thai air cadet, RTAF, in full dress (royal Guard)

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The RTAF command structure consists of five groups: headquarters, logistics support, education, special services, and combat forces.

  1. The headquarters group in Bangkok performs the usual general staff functions, including planning and directing operations of the combat elements.
  2. Combat Group.
  3. The support group provides engineering, communications, ordnance, transportation, quartermaster, and medical services support.
  4. The education group coordinates and supervises all air force training programmes.
  5. The special service group is responsible for the welfare of air force personnel and coordinates the activities of Thai civil aviation with those of the air force.

BasesEdit

Rtaf uh-1h csar

UH-1H performing CSAR demonstration, 2012, Don Muang RTAFB

Rtaf bell412 sikorskyS92

Bell 412 and Sikorsky S92helicopters royal flight fly by, 2012

The Royal Thai Air Force maintains a number of modern bases which were constructed between 1954 and 1968, have permanent buildings and ground support equipment.

All but one were built and used by United States forces until their withdrawal from Thailand in 1976 when Thai air force assumed use of the installations at Takhli and Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat). In the late 1980s, these bases and Don Muang Air Base outside Bangkok, which the air force shares with civil aviation, remain the primary operational installations.

Maintenance of base facilities abandoned by the United States proved costly and exceeded Thai needs. Nonetheless, all runways were still available for training and emergency use.

By 2004 the Royal Thai Air Force had its main base at Don Muang airport, adjacent to Don Mueang International Airport. The RTAF also had large air fields and facilities at Nakon Ratchasima Ubon Ratchathani, and Takhli.

WingsEdit

Analayo korsakul mix rtaf airborne

L-39ZA/ART, Alpha Jet A, F-16A, and AU-23A at Children's Day air show 2007.

RTAF Jas 39 Gripen

Saab JAS 39 Gripen of the Royal Thai Air Force.

The Royal Thai Air Force Combat Group is divided into 11 wings plus a training school, plus a few direct-reporting units.

  • Directorate of Air Operations Control, RTAF
  • RTAF Security Force Command
  • Flying Training School
composed of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Flying Training Squadrons. Based at RTAFB Kamphang Saen in Nakhon Pathom Province
  • Wing 1
attack wing based at RTAFB Korat in Nakhon Ratchasima Province.
  • Wing 2
helicopter wing providing utility/transport and search and rescue. Normally based at RTAFB Lop Buri in Lop Buri Province
  • Wing 4
light attack / fighter wing based at RTAFB Takhli in Nakhon Sawan Province.
  • Wing 5
transport/observation wing based at RTAFB Prachuap Khiri Khan in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.
  • Wing 6
multi-role non-combat wing providing transport, mapping, communications and surveying. Based at RTAFB Don Muang/Bangkok.
  • Wing 7
interceptor and attack wing based at RTAFB Surat Thani in Surat Thani Province.
  • Wing 21
attack wing based at RTAFB Ubon Ratchathani in Ubon Ratchathani Province.
  • Wing 23
light attack wing based at RTAFB Udon in Udon Thani Province.
  • Wing 41
light attack wing based at RTAFB Chiang Mai in Chiang Mai Province.
  • Wing 46
transport/rainmaking wing based at RTAFB Phitsanulok in Phitsanulok Province.
  • Wing 56
currently forming at RTAFB Hatyai in Songkhla Province.

SquadronsEdit

The following squadrons are currently active with the Royal Thai Air Force.

Squadron Wing Equipment RTAF Base Notes
201 Helicopter SqnWing 2S-92/Bell 412Khok Ka ThiemRoyal Guard
203 Helicopter SqnWing 2UH-1HKhok Ka ThiemSAR detachments at many locations
102 Fighter SqnWing 1F-16A/B ADFKorat
103 Fighter SqnWing 1F-16A/BKorat
601 Transport SqnWing 6C-130H/H-30Don Muang
602 Royal Flight SqnWing 6A310, A319, B737Don MuangRoyal Guard
603 Transport SquadronWing 6ATR72Don Muang
604 Civil Pilot Training SqnWing 6CT-4A, T-41DDon Muang
211 Fighter SqnWing 21F-5T TigrisUbon
231 Attack SqnWing 23Alpha JetUdorn
401 Light Attack SqnWing 4L-39Takhli
402 Elint SqnWing 4Learjet 35, IAI AravaTakhli
403 Fighter SqnWing 4F-16A/BTakhli
411 Fighter SqnWing 41L-39Chiang Mai
461 Transport SqnWing 46Nomad, Basler BT-67PhitsanulokAlso conducts rainmaking flights
701 Fighter SqnsWing 7JAS-39 GripenSurat Thani6 Gripens delivered February 2011 replacing F-5.[1]
702 SqnWing 7Saab 340Surat ThaniSaab 340 70201 and S-100B Argus AEW 70202
561/562/563 Fighter SqnsWing 56JAS-39 GripenHat Yai
904 Aggressor Sqn-F-5EDon MuangFormer unit of Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn Mahidon.
Tango Sqn--Chiang MaiHistorical aircraft unit, not controlled by the RTAF
1st Flying Training SqnFlying Training SchoolPAC CT/4EKamphang SaenPrimary flight training
2nd Flying Training SqnFlying Training SchoolPilatus PC-9MKamphang SaenBasic flight training
3rd Flying Training SqnFlying Training SchoolBell 206B (withdrawn 2006)Kamphang SaenHelicopter training

Royal Thai Air Force Commando CompanyEdit

Main Article This 100 man unit, part of the Royal Thai Air Force's Special Combat Operations Squadron, was formed in the late 1970s and are based near Don Muang Airport and provide anti-hijacking capabilities. They have three assault platoons, each divided into two sections.

Rank and insigniaEdit

Aircraft inventoryEdit

Currently in serviceEdit

PhotoDesignationAircraftOriginRoleIn serviceOrdersNotes
Trainers
USAF T-41D
B.F14Cessna T-41DFlag of the United States.svg United Statesbasic trainer6n/a
New Zealand CT-4A Airtrainer inflight Vabre
B.F16PAC CT/4EFlag of New Zealand.svg New Zealandbasic trainer23n/a
Bulgarian Air Force Pilatus PC-9M Lofting-1
B.F19Pilatus PC-9MFlag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerlandadvanced trainer23n/aAvionics upgraded locally
OE-VFT-DA42-099
B.F20/B.TF20Diamond DA42Flag of Austria.svg Austriaadvanced trainer6n/a
B.F21RTAF-2Flag of Thailand.svg Thailandadvanced trainer1n/aDevelopmented by TAI.
B.F22RTAF-6Flag of Thailand.svg Thailandadvanced trainer0n/aUnder development by TAI.
Combat Aircraft
L-39 rtaf analayo
B.KhF1Aero L-39ZA/ARTFlag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republicstrike/trainer36n/aWesternized Aero L-39, with Israeli avionics and AIM-9.
Alpha jet zj646 arp
B.J7Dornier Alpha Jet AFlag of Germany.png Germanystrike19n/aEx-Luftwaffe. 5 spares. 1 lost. RTAF fitted AIM-9P/M.
F-5E Royal Thai AF at Korat 2000
B.Kh18Northrop F-5E/F/TFlag of the United States.svg United Statesfighter-bomber16 T
17 E/F
n/aF-5T and some F-5E/F to Capability Improved Program.
A Royal Thai Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft conducts tactical flight operations during Cope Tiger 13 at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, March 12, 2013 130312-F-ZZ999-424
B.Kh19General Dynamics F-16A/B Block 15OCU/ADF/MLUFlag of the United States.svg United Statesmultirole fighter14 ADF
42 A/B
n/a12 F-16A and 6 F-16B undergoing MLU[3]
Saab JAS39C Gripen 70109 Thai AF (7363327062)
B.Kh20Saab JAS 39C/D GripenFlag of Sweden.svg Swedenmultirole fighter8 C
4 D
n/a6 received in 2011, 6 received in 2013.[4]
Surveillance/Reconnaissance/AEW
Arava Hatzerim 050804
B.TL7IAI 201 AravaFlag of Israel.svg IsraelElectronic reconnaissance2n/a
Au23-4
B.F20/B.TF20AU-23AUnited StatesPhotography reconnaissance14n/a
GAF Nomad VH-ATO
B.L9GAF N.22B NomadFlag of Australia.svg AustraliaPhotography reconnaissance3n/a2 had service-life extension by TAI.
B.TL12Learjet 35AFlag of the United States.svg United StatesPhotography reconnaissance1n/a
OE-VFT-DA42-099
B.F20/B.TF20DA42 MPPFlag of Austria.svg AustriaReconnaissance2n/a
S 100B at Malmen 2010-06-13 1
B.K1Saab 340 S-100B ArgusFlag of Sweden.svg SwedenAEW2n/a1st Argus received 2011 and 2nd 2012. Erieye radar.
n/aADS AerostarFlag of Israel.svg IsraelUAV2(+4)4Ordered 2011.
n/aGFC Tigershark IIFlag of Thailand.svg ThailandUAV0n/a
n/aGFC UAV G-StarFlag of Thailand.svg ThailandUAV1n/a
Transports
Lockheed C-130 Hercules
B.L8Lockheed C-130H-30Flag of the United States.svg United Statestactical transport12n/a Retrofitted by TAI.
Basler BT-67 (DC-3) at Missoula, Montana
B.L2kBasler BT-67Flag of the United States.svg United Statestactical transport8n/aTurbine C-47.firefighting/seeding. 1 lost Aug 2006.
Jet Airways Boeing 737-800 Spijkers
B.L11/11k/11KhBoeing 737-8Z6Flag of the United States.svg United StatesVIP transport1n/a
Britair.b737-400.g-docp.arp
B.L11/11k/11KhBoeing 737-4Z6Flag of the United States.svg United StatesVIP transport1n/a
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Airbus A310-300 Manteufel
B.L13Airbus A310-324Flag of Europe.svg EUVIP transport1n/aMainly for senior military officers.
Lufthansa Airbus A320-211 D-AIQT 01
B.L15Airbus A319-115X CJFlag of Europe.svg EUVIP transport1n/aMainly for senior government officers.
ATR 72-500 TAROM (YR-ATI)-1
B.L16ATR-72-500Flag of France.svg FranceVIP transport4n/a1 for Royal Family, 1 Reserve and 2 for VIPs
GAF Nomad VH-ATO
B.L9GAF N.22B NomadFlag of Australia.svg Australiautility transport19n/a
Estonian Air Saab 340A ES-ASN
B.L17Saab 340Flag of Sweden.svg Swedenutility transport2n/a1 to 702Sqn 2010. 3 grounded G.222 traded for 2nd 2012.[5]
Helicopters
RNZAF Iroquois 2009
B.H6Bell UH-1H Iroquois/HueyFlag of the United States.svg United Statesutility/CSAR19n/aTo be replaced by EC725.
N301FD
B.H6Kh/6Kh2/6NgBell 412EP/SPFlag of Canada.svg CanadaVIP transport11n/a
B.H10Sikorsky S-92Flag of the United States.svg United StatesVIP transport3n/a
Caracal2552
B.H11Eurocopter EC725Flag of Europe.svg EU utility/CSAR0(+4)4[6]16 Plans.

Recent PurchasesEdit

New fighter procurement program - or the RTAF 20th fighter program, RTAF studied three new fighters to replace its Northrop F-5s. Requirements were for twelve aircraft with an expected delivery date in 2011. Fighters examined for the purchase were the American F-16C/D block 50/52, the Russian Sukhoi Su-30MKIT, and the Swedish Saab JAS 39 Gripen. The purchase of six JAS 39 Gripen (version C/D), with an option for six more,[7] was announced on 17 October. Twelve JAS 39 Gripen, two Saab 340 Erieye AEW&C, one Saab 340, training, technology transfer, and RBS-15 anti-ship missiles will be delivered. Six JAS 39 Gripen and one Saab 340 Erieye are to be delivered by 2012 in phase one and six JAS 39 Gripen, one Saab 340 Erieye, and the Saab 340 to be delivered between 2013 and 2017.[8][9]

Cabinet approved the first phase for 19 billion Baht on 8 Jan 2008, for six JAS 39 Gripen of which two are single-seat C models and four dual-seat D model with support, training, and spares. The offset includes one Saab 340 Erieye, one Saab 340, Datalink system, and 92 Master-degrees scholarships for Thai students to study in Sweden. Three aircraft were delivered in January 2011 and three in March 2011. Saab 340 and Saab 340 Erieye were delivered in 2010.[10][11] The Gripen agreement was signed on 11 February 2008, marking the start of the first batch.[12]

Indigenous trainer - A new 30-million-Baht trainer project was announced on 5 Nov 2007 to be developed by the RTAF. The B.ThO.2 is a licensed Aermacchi SF.260MT. This will be used for research for the RTAF-6 primary trainer for the RTAF and civilian training.[13]

Multi-engine trainer - RTAF is buying 6 Diamond DA42 Twin Stars to meet twin-engine training requirements.[14]

F-16 upgrade the RTAF requested mid-life upgrades for 18 F-16A/B OCU Block 15 on October 2010,[15] which should cost around $700 million divided into 3 phases. 6 aircraft are to be upgraded during each phase over three years, with a one year overlap between phases, starting at the end of 2011. C-130 upgrade - Rockwell Collins is upgrading six Royal Thai Air Force Lockheed C-130 Hercules transports with Thai Aviation Industry following upgrades to a previous batch of 6.[16]

Future developmentsEdit

Historic AircraftEdit

Historic and notable aircraft of the Royal Thai Air Force and its precursors, the Siamese Flying Corps (1914-1919), Royal Siamese Air Service (RSAS) (1919-1937) and Royal Siamese Air Force (RSAF) (1937-1939).[17][18][19] Missing designation numbers are for aircraft still in service.

Royal Thai Air Force Boeing 100E at Museum

Royal Thai Air Force Boeing 100E

RTAF Tachikawa Ki-36

RTAF Tachikawa Ki-36

Ki43Thailand

model of RTAF Nakajima Ki-43

Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat at the Royal Thai Air Force Museum

RTAF Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat

F-86Ls RThaiAF in flight 1966

F-86L Saberdogs of the RTAF in flight

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RTAF
Designator
Aircraft
type
OriginService
period
No.
used
Notes
Siamese Flying Corps and Royal Siamese Air Service
n/aNieuport II & IVFlag of France.svg France1913-?4first SFC/RSAS/RSAF aircraft
n/aBreguet IIIFlag of France.svg France1913-?5first SFC/RSAS/RSAF aircraft
Fighters - prefixed with B.Kh (Fighter Type)
B.Kh1Nieuport 17 & Nieuport 21Flag of France.svg France1918-19274+
B.Kh2Nieuport 24bisFlag of France.svg France1918-193212+
B.Kh3SPAD VII & SPAD XIIIFlag of France.svg France1919-193132+
B.Kh4Nieuport-Delage NiD 29Flag of France.svg France1923-193612+2 pattern aircraft bought, built locally
B.Kh5PrajadhipokThailand Siam1929-?1First fighter built in Siam & designed by RSAF.
B.Kh6Bristol BulldogFlag of the United Kingdom.svg UK1930-19402For comparison testing
B.Kh7Boeing 100Flag of the United States.svg US1931-19492For comparison testing
B.Kh8Heinkel HD 43Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Nazi Germany1930-19402For comparison testing
B.Kh9Curtiss Hawk IIFlag of the United States.svg US1934-194912
B.Kh10Curtiss Hawk IIIFlag of the United States.svg US1935-194974+First RTAF fighter in combat[comments 1]
B.Kh11Curtiss Hawk 75NFlag of the United States.svg US1939-194925
B.Kh12Nakajima Ki-27bFlag of Japan.svg Japan1942-194512Epic fight against USAAF[comments 2][20]
B.Kh13Nakajima Ki-43Flag of Japan.svg Japan1943-194924Downed 1 USAAF B-29
B.Kh14Supermarine Spitfire FR.14/PR.19Flag of the United Kingdom.svg UK1951-195534
B.Kh15Grumman F8F-1 BearcatFlag of the United States.svg US1951-1963207Most numerous fighter
B.Kh16Republic F-84G ThunderjetFlag of the United States.svg US1956-196334first jet fighter
B.Kh17North American F-86F/L SabreFlag of the United States.svg US1961-197274First RTAF swept-wing fighter. Replaced by F-5
B.Kh18Northrop F-5A/B/CFlag of the United States.svg US1967-200025First RTAF supersonic fighter. Its derivatives, F-5E/F/T still in service.
B.Kh18Northrop RF-5AFlag of the United States.svg US1969-20004
Attack aircraft - prefixed with B.J (Attack Type )
B.J1Vought V-93S CorsairFlag of the United States.svg US1934-195084+Locally built. First RTAF combat[comments 3]
B.J2Mitsubishi Ki-30Flag of Japan.svg Japan1940-195124
B.J3Curtiss SB2C-5 HelldiverFlag of the United States.svg US1951-19556Ex-Royal Thai Navy
B.J4Fairey Firefly FR.1 & T.2Flag of the United Kingdom.svg UK1951-195512Also used for target towing
B.J5Rockwell OV-10C BroncoFlag of the United States.svg US1971-200432Most to Philippine Air Force
B.J6Cessna A-37Flag of the United States.svg US1972-199420
Bombers - prefixed with B.Th (Bomber Type )
B.Th1Breguet 14Flag of France.svg France1919-193740+First RSAS/RSAF bomber, built locally
B.Th2BoripatraThailand Siam1927-19404+First Siamese aircraft design - by RSAF
B.Th3Martin 139WSM & 166Flag of the United States.svg US1937-194915Included 6 ex-Dutch 166s
B.Th4Mitsubishi Ki-21Flag of Japan.svg Japan1940-19499
Transport aircraft - prefixed with B.L (Transport Type )
B.L1Beechcraft C-45B/FFlag of the United States.svg US1947-19717First transport
B.L2Douglas C-47 & EC-47DFlag of the United States.svg US1947-199755B.L2k Basler BT-67 still in service
B.L3Douglas C-54/DC-4Flag of the United States.svg US1959-19662
B.L4Fairchild C-123B/KFlag of the United States.svg US1964-199546
B.L10Douglas DC-8-62AFFlag of the United States.svg US1979-19893
B.L14Aeritalia G.222Flag of Italy.svg Italy1995-201263 traded for 1 Saab 340B
Utility aircraft - prefixed with B.Th (Utility Type )
B.Th1Helio CourierFlag of the United States.svg US1963-198620
Communications aircraft - prefixed with B.S (Communications Type )
B.S1Fairchild 24Flag of the United States.svg US1938-195013 ca.
B.S2Rearwin 9000Flag of the United States.svg US1938-19472
B.S3Piper L-4 Cub/Piper PA-11Flag of the United States.svg US1947-196244PA-11 often confused for Super Cub.
B.S4Stinson L-5 & L-5BFlag of the United States.svg US1947-195910
B.S5Beechcraft BonanzaFlag of the United States.svg US1951-19623Ex-Royal Thai Navy examples
B.S6Grumman WidgeonFlag of the United States.svg US1951-19565
B.S7Cessna 170BFlag of the United States.svg US1954-19599
Reconnaissance aircraft - prefixed with B.T (Reconnaissance Type )
B.T1Percival PrinceFlag of the United Kingdom.svg UK1952-19621
B.T2Cessna O-1 Bird DogFlag of the United States.svg US1967-199054
Mapping aircraft - prefixed with B.PhTh (Mapping Type )
B.PhTh1Cessna 411Flag of the United States.svg US1982-19892
B.PhTh2Beechcraft Queen AirFlag of the United States.svg US1971-19893
B.PhTh3Beechcraft King AirFlag of the United States.svg US1982-19891
B.PhTh4Aero Commander 690Flag of the United States.svg US1982-19881
Trainers - prefixed with B.F (Trainer Type )
B.F1Nieuport 80Flag of France.svg France1918-193512 ca.Trainer Nieuport 12, aka Nieuport 23 for wing area
B.F2Nieuport 83Flag of France.svg France1918-193512 ca.Trainer Nieuport 10, aka Nieuport 18 for wing area
B.F3Consolidated PT-1Flag of the United States.svg US1928-19394
B.F4Avro 504NFlag of the United Kingdom.svg UK1930-194870+50+ built locally
B.F5Vought V-93S CorsairFlag of the United States.svg US1939-194910+Modified
B.F6Tachikawa Ki-55Flag of Japan.svg Japan1942-195024
B.F7Miles MagisterFlag of the United Kingdom.svg UK1947-195220
B.F8North American T-6 TexanFlag of the United States.svg US1948-1974220
B.F9DHC ChipmunkFlag of Canada.svg Canada1950-198966
B.F10de Havilland DH.82A Tiger MothFlag of the United Kingdom.svg UK1951-196134
B.F11Lockheed T-33A/RT-33AFlag of the United States.svg US1955-199654First jet trainer, also first jet aircraft
B.F12Cessna T-37B/C TweetFlag of the United States.svg US1961-199622Jet trainer
B.F13North American T-28DFlag of the United States.svg US1962-1988120
B.F15Aermacchi SF.260Flag of Italy.svg Italy1973-199918 Royal Thai Air Force get broadcasting technology was RTAF-2
B.F17RTAF-4 ChantraFlag of Thailand.svg Thailand1974-198913 ca.locally built ab-initio trainer
B.F18RFB Fantrainer 400 & 600Flag of Germany.png Germany1988-199426basic trainer for F-5 lead in
Civil Trainer - prefixed with B.Ph (Civil Trainer Type )
B.Ph1Cessna 150Flag of the United States.svg US1971-20046
Gliders - prefixed with B.R (Glider Type )
B.R1Hoffman H-36 DimonaFlag of Austria.svg Austria1983-199410 ca.powered motor glider
B.R2Grob G 109Flag of Germany.png Germany1989-19942powered motor glider
Helicopters - prefixed with B.H (Helicopter Type )
B.H1Sikorsky H-5/S-51Flag of the United States.svg US1950-19544
B.H2Hiller 360/UH-12Flag of the United States.svg US1950-19525
B.H3Sikorsky S-55/H-19Flag of the United States.svg US1954-196511
B.H4Sikorsky S-58/S-58T/H-34Flag of the United States.svg US1962-200365
B.H5Kaman HH-43 HuskieFlag of the United States.svg US1962-19704
B.H6Bell 212/UH-1NFlag of the United States.svg US1976-19992
B.H7Bell 47/OH-13HFlag of the United States.svg US1972-19739
B.H8Bell 206B-3 Jet RangerFlag of the United States.svg US1995-20066
B.H9Eurocopter AS332L-2 Super PumaFlag of France.svg France1996-20023
Mapping helicopters - prefixed with B.HPhT (Mapping Helicopter Type )
B.HPhT1Bell 206BFlag of the United States.svg US1982-19871ex-Thai Army
B.HPhTKawasaki KH-4Flag of Japan.svg Japan1982-19851ex-Thai Army. Development of Bell 47

WeaponryEdit

ServiceEdit

TypeCountry of OriginRoleQuantityNote
Air-to-Air Missiles
IRIS-TFlag of Germany.png GermanySRAAM40+ on JAS-39 C/D.
Meteor (missile)Flag of Germany.png GermanyBVRAAM? on JAS-39 C/D(future).
AIM-9P-3/P-4/M-9 SidewinderUnited StatesSRAAM550+ on F-5 E/F/T, F-16 A/B/ADF/MLU, JAS-39 C/D, ALPHAJET A, L-39 ZA/ART.
AIM-120C5/C7 AMRAAMUnited StatesBVRAAM100+ on F-16 ADF/MLU, JAS-39 C/D. C7 Delivered.
Python-4Flag of Israel.svg IsraelAAM50+ on F-5 T.
Air-to-Surface Missiles/Rockets/Bombs
GBU-10F/B,-12E/B,-22 Paveway IIUnited StatesLaser-Guided Bomb? on F-5 E/F/T, F-16 A/B/ADF/MLU, JAS-39 C/D
GBU-31(V)1/B JDAMUnited StatesGPS/INS Guided Bomb? JAS-39 C/D(future), F-16 MLU(future).
GBU-38/B JDAMUnited StatesGPS/INS Guided Bomb? JAS-39 C/D(future), F-16 MLU(future).
Mk 81/Mk82/Mk84United States250/500/2000 pound general purpose bombs? on F-5 E/F/T, F-16 A/B/ADF/MLU, JAS-39 C/D, ALPHAJET A, L-39 ZA/ART.
BLU-10A/B,-23/B,-32B/C,-27/BUnited StatesNapalm Bomb? on F-5 E/F/T, F-16 A/B/ADF/MLU, JAS-39 C/D, ALPHAJET A, L-39 ZA/ART.
CBU-59/B,-71A/BUnited StatesCluster Bomb? on F-5 E/F/T, F-16 A/B/ADF/MLU, JAS-39 C/D, ALPHAJET A, L-39 ZA/ART.
AGM-65D/G/G-2 MaverickUnited StatesAir-to-Ground Missile300+ on F-16 A/B/ADF/MLU, JAS-39 C/D.
RBS-15F Mk.2Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden(200 kg) Anti-ship missile12 on JAS-39 C/D.
CRV-7Flag of Canada.svg Canada2.75inch rocket? on F-5 E/F/T, F-16 A/B/ADF/MLU, JAS-39 C/D, ALPHAJET A, L-39 ZA/ART.
Mk.40United States2.75inch rocket? on F-5 E/F/T, F-16 A/B/ADF/MLU, JAS-39 C/D, ALPHAJET A, L-39 ZA/ART.
GPU-5/AUnited States30mm gun pod? on F-5 E/F/T.
Surface to air defence systems
Oerlikon ADATSFlag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerlandlaser-guided supersonic missile4Fixed emplacement/semi-mobile
Saab Bofors Dynamics RBS 70 Mk.2Flag of Sweden.svg SwedenMan-portable air-defence system (MANPAD)?
QW-2 Vanguard IIFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg ChinaMan-portable air-defence system (MANPAD)?
Rheinmetall Mauser Mk.30 mod.FFlag of Germany.png GermanyTwin 30mm Anti Aircraft Artillery8
Bofors 40mm L/70Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden40mm Anti Aircraft Artillery?
Type 74Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg ChinaTwin 37mm Anti Aircraft Artillery?
Air Search Radar, Weather Radar
Lockheed Martin AN/FPS-117 United StatesLong Range 3D Air Search Radar2 RTADS I.
Alenia Marconi Systems Martello-743D United StatesLong Range 3D Air Search Radar4 RTADS l/ll.
Northrop Grumman AN/FPS-130X United StatesLong Range 3D Air Search Radar3 RTADS lll.
Northrop Grumman AN/TPS-78 United StatesLong Range 3D Air Search Radar3 RTADS ll.
Lockheed Martin AN/TPS-79 United StatesLong Range 3D Air Search Radar1 RTADS ll.
Siemens DR-162 ADV United StatesShort Range 2D Air Search Radar?
Northrop Grumman AN/TPS-703 United StatesMobile Long Range 3D Air Search Radar3
Ericsson Giraffe-180/40 Flag of Sweden.svg SwedenMobile Medium Range 2D Air Search Radar2+/2
Toshiba-ASR Flag of Japan.svg JapanAirport Surviellance Radar?
Enterprise Electronics DWSR-88C United StatesWeather Radar?
Enterprise Electronics TVDR-3501C United StatesWeather Radar?
Enterprise Electronics TVDR-2500C United StatesMobile Weather Radar?
Ground Weaponry
Cadillac Gage V150 CommandoUnited States4x4 armored car12With 12.7mm and 7.62mm MG
Rheinmetall CondorFlag of Germany.png Germany4x4 armored car18With 20mm and 7.62mm MG

RetiredEdit

WeaponryCountry of OriginTypeServiceQuantityNote
Ululate Sky Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand Rocket  ?-?  ?

IncidentsEdit

  • October 18, 2010, One F-16A Block 15 crashed on Tak Province. One pilot was killed. This is the first F-16 crash in 22 years on duty.[21]
  • February 14, 2011, Two F-16ADF mid air collision while formation BVR tactic ACMI at Chaiyaphum Province, two pilots survived.[22]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Notes
  1. http://imgcdn.rtaf.mi.th/web/Commander/prajin.html
  2. http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?158607-Japanese-use-of-Type-45-Siamese-Mauser
  3. http://www.thaiarmedforce.com/inventory/52-rtaf-inventory.html
  4. "Delivery of Gripen fighter aircraft to Thailand". www.fmv.se. http://www.fmv.se/en/News-and-media/Nyheter-fran-FMV/Delivery-of-Gripen-fighter-aircraft-to-Thailand/. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  5. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/293148/air-force-swaps-3-planes-for-1
  6. Thailand Orders Eurocopter’s EC725 for SAR Missions.
  7. International Herald Tribune Sweden's sale of fighters to Thailand generates controversy
  8. Ny Teknik, (Swedish)
  9. Bangkok Post Chalit insists purchase ... appropriate, also the best deal.
  10. MCOT News Chalit Cabinet gives green light to buy Swedish jet fighters.
  11. Flight International Thai cabinet approves budget for Saab Gripen fighters.
  12. Gripen International Gripen agreement between Sweden and Thailand signed.
  13. RTAF News กองทัพอากาศประสบผลสำเร็จในการสร้างเครื่องบินต้นแบบ บ.ชอ.๒ (Thai)
  14. Diamond Aircraft Industries Royal Thai Air Force chooses 6 DA42 for it's training program
  15. http://www.defencetalk.com/thailand-requests-f-16-mid-life-upgrade-29131/
  16. Flight International Contracts
  17. Royal Thai Air Force Museum Historic Painting
  18. Small Air Force Observer magazine, author unknown, #47 July 1988 & #50 April 1989
  19. http://www.thai-aviation.net/files/Air_Force_Summary.pdf
  20. Wieliczko and Szeremeta 2004, p. 81.
  21. F-16.net RTAF F-16 Crashes
  22. F-16.net Two Thai F-16s Mid-air collision and crash during air to air combat exercise]
Comments
  1. with French Potez 25s
  2. 5 Ki-27s fought 8 P-51s and 9 P-38s - all Ki-27s lost for 1 P-38 downed and 2 P-51s damaged.
  3. against French Potez 25s.
Bibliography
  • Wieliczko, Leszek A. and Zygmunt Szeremeta. Nakajima Ki 27 Nate (bilingual Polish/English). Lublin, Poland: Kagero, 2004. ISBN 83-89088-51-7.
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