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D&S 2019 Amid Modernisation

The DEFENCE & SECURITY 2019 opens with a focus on regional cooperation and business partnerships for a more united and effective response regarding disaster management, cyber security, anti-terrorism and defence production.

Thailand is in the midst of a defence modernisation programme. The country is expected to spend the armed forces’ budget, amounting to 233.35 billion baht (about US$7.69 billion), on the repairs and maintenance of weapon systems deployed since over the last four decades.

Thailand also plans to buy newly-built weapon systems to replace those which can no longer be repaired. Security spending in the ASEAN region alone is projected to soon reach US$9.23 billion.

The total defence spending of ASEAN States has doubled over the last 15 years with countries like Thailand witnessing military expenditure at high rates.

The nature of security threats in Thailand includes potential political unrest, occasional border disputes, domestic terrorist and separatist group activities in the troubled southern provinces, natural disasters, human smuggling and illicit drug trafficking. All will result in the increasing demand for modern internal security equipment.

The upgrading of border security and demand for effective immigration control at all airports, bus such as biometrics, fixed surveillance devices, terminals and sea ports has also fuelled the need for equipment and unmanned aerial vehicles.

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