Thailand’s interest in Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth fighter is genuine, but permission to buy a jet is a US government issue, a senior defense giant said Wednesday.
Bystander at the Singapore Airshow, Lockheed Martin’s Senior Vice President of Global Business, Tim Cahill, confirmed Thailand’s interest, but said, “There is no official I know in that regard. “.
In January, the Southeast Asian Air Force secured approximately $ 413 million to procure four jets. Earlier, the country’s Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Napadigi Dupatemiya, said Thailand was interested in buying as many as eight F-35s.
“This will be a US government policy decision,” Cahill said. “I think there are some promises, but to be honest, I don’t know where the US government will go about it.”
One of the world’s most advanced fighters, the F-35 is considered a highly classified export and is only sold to the closest allies in the United States. In the Indo-Pacific region, only Australia, Japan, South Korea and Singapore fly jets.
The US State Department’s Political and Military Affairs Bureau’s Parliament and Public Relations Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment outside business hours.