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May 17, 2009

Saab

Thailand plans to delay the purchase of an additional six SaabEGripen fighters because of a deepening economic crisis, and its air force chief has warned the move could leave gaps in the country's national security. The Thai government has cut its defence budget for the next fiscal year to 151 billion baht (USD 4.38 billion) from 171 billion baht. Most of the cut was from money set aside for the follow-on Gripen order, with the defence ministry suffering most as the government tightened belts all around to fund an economic stimulus package. May 14, 2009

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