The Royal Thai Air Drive (RTAF) and the Chinese language Folks’s Liberation Military Air Drive (PLAAF) will maintain a 10-day joint air train in Udon Thani, a supply stated yesterday. China has confirmed that it’ll be part of “Falcon Strike 2022” set to happen from August 14-24 at Royal Thai Air Drive Wing 23. The Bangkok Post reported that China is anticipated to ship a fleet of six J-10C/S fighter jets, a JH-7AI fighter-bomber and a Shaanxi KJ-500 airborne early warning and management plane to participate within the train. Chinese language Su-27 fighter jets is not going to be concerned within the drill.

The Royal Thai Air Drive will deploy 5 Gripen plane, three Alphajet assault plane and a SAAB 340 AEW early warning and management plane. The US-made F16 jets is not going to take part. The earlier spherical was held in 2019 additionally at Udon Thani-based Wing 23. The train will strengthen ties between the 2 nations as a part of cooperative efforts to assist keep peace and safety within the area. The drill additionally will improve the 2 nations’ aviation capabilities and effectivity whereas likewise boosting relations between air power personnel.


The “Falcon Strike” train has taken place 4 occasions since 2015 and can run for 11 days from Aug 14 at a base in northeastern Udon Thani that was house to U.S. forces through the Vietnam Battle. The drills, the dates for which have been determined in June, happen in a month when China is holding main workouts within the sea and airspace round Taiwan, in a present of army energy following U.S. home speaker Nancy Pelosi’s go to to the self-ruled island, which Beijing regards as its personal.

Thailand is the oldest U.S. ally in Asia however ties have been difficult by a 2014 army coup. Thailand has sought to strengthen its relations with China and has made a number of defence procurements. The Royal Thai Air Drive, one of the crucial geared up within the area, has traditionally used U.S. {hardware}. The dominion is the oldest ally of the US in Asia however on the identical time, Thailand has sought to strengthen financial relations with China over the previous a number of years. And the political debate as as to if Thailand ought to decide a aspect is ready to rumble on for some time but.