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Thailand approves $414m budget for 4 U.S. fighter jets

Air Chief Marshal Napadej Dhupatemiya intends to replace aging F-16s

The approval follows a recent expression of interest by the air force chief to procure eight F-35s from Lockheed Martin of the United States.   © AP

BANGKOK (Reuters) -- Thailand's cabinet has backed a plan to buy four fighter jets starting in the next fiscal year, an air force spokesman said on Wednesday, with a budget of 13.8 billion baht ($413.67 million) set aside for the procurement.

The approval follows a recent expression of interest by the air force chief, Air Chief Marshal Napadej Dhupatemiya, in procuring eight F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin Corp of the United States.

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