By The Nation
The proposal to buy the ZBL-09 VN-1 for Bt2.3 billion was put forward by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan.
The Cabinet gave the nod for the purchase with budgetary commitments in fiscal years 2017-20.
The Army chief will later fly to China to sign the government-to-government purchase contract.
The Cabinet was told that the new VN-1 carriers will be stationed at the First Cavalry Division, the 10th Cavalry Battalion in Nan, and the 7th Cavalry Battalion in Uttaradit.