Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Whose Gear?

I'd greatly appreciate it if a Knife Tricks reader who knows something about weaponry could review these pictures and tell me if any of the machinery was purchased from the United States.

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Anonymous SeanH said...

I could only get the first two rows to load, but that's all US equipment. The round green tank in most of the shots is a Patton medium tank. The greyish one with a "tail" on the back of the turret is a Walker Bulldog.

Almost all of Thailands arms are US or UK made.

5:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the exception of the Hummer in one of the top pictures, the tanks and the armored personnel carrier were probably purchased from the US in the 1970's or earlier. I don't know whether they have more modern hardware than that, but as I'm sure you know, they are highly unlikely to come up against any armed resistance on the streets of Bangkok. I was living there during the last coup and it looks like the same hardware to me.

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like an M-113 apc, M-48 tank, Humvee, older M-16A1's(?).

The US has been supplying and training the Thai military for years. Nothing really dubious about it though. We've been doing it since the Vietnam era.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Paul Karl Lukacs said...

Thank you! The information is appreciated. I am surprised the weaponry is that old.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't be surprised. The Thais were on the Americans' side during the Vietnam war. Lots of the hardware were gotten then. Surprising is the one dude with the AK-47, when I was in the Thai ROTC, I saw mostly M-16's (Vietnam era), and HK-33's. Even the Thai Air Force's main stuff were/are U.S. hardware, namely F-5's and F-16's, yes, they still have OV-10 Broncoes in the mix.

Icepick the Mad!

12:00 AM  

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