PM to take arms wish list to US

Defence could opt to buy American

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has told commanders of the armed services the PM may do some weapons shopping in the US, and they should forward lists of what they'd like, as soon as possible. (Photo Twitter/@wassanananuam)

The armed forces have been ordered to conclude their procurement programmes this month as part of the preparatory work ahead of the prime minister's planned visit to Washington late next month.

Defence spokesman Kongcheep Tantravanich said the military is working on the details before the trip. The order was made by Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon Monday.

Gen Prawit instructed the military to prioritise procurement programmes in line with the military development blueprint and asked them to focus on the US-manufactured products, he said.

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