According to a Bangkok Post newspaper issue dated June 2017, the government of Thailand planned to purchase 34 wheeled armored vehicles VN-1 from China for an amount of 2.3 billion baht ($2.57 million). The plan included also the purchase of S26T Yuan-class submarine from China worth 13.5 billion baht (around $15 million) which would be included in the army's fiscal budget for 2017-2021. The purchase request for Chinese-made VN-1 armored vehicles was submitted to the Defence Ministry, which forwarded it to the cabinet for approval. According to three pictures published by ipbhost.com, the Royal Thai Army has only last February officially inducted these NORINCO VN-1 IFVs with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment.
|Royal Thai Army inducts NORINCO VN-1 IFV with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment (Picture source: ipbhost.com)|