The following post is still pending in the Suggestion Category. While my initial idea was for Thai vehicles to be added to JP Tech tree to create some varieties, especially the post war tier, due to its similar nature to Chinese Tech tree (mix of US and allied vehicles) it might also make sense for this idea to be put in Chinese tech instead.
Premise: Despite its limited role during the Second World War, Kingdom of Thailand (Siam) was considered as one of the “allies” of Japanese Empire, acting as the staging ground for the Burma and Southeast Asia campaigns as well as acting as the member of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. During the early war period, Royal Thai Armed Forces mainly utilized various European equipment as well as Japanese equipment, both Army and Air force. Notable examples are Vickers Mk.E Type B utilized during the Franco-Thai War, Ki-21, Ki-30, Curtiss P-36 Hawk, and Martin B-10.
During the 2nd world war period, most of the Royal Thai Armed Force and Army utilized Japanese equipment, most of which have already been implemented in Japanese Tech Tree, and some captured equipment during its Burma and Southeast Asia campaigns.
The interesting part of the Royal Thai Airfoce tech tree, however, is its post war and cold war development. As a key strategic position during the early and middle part of the cold war, Thailand and its armed forces became the dumping ground for Allied old equipment; from British famous Supermarine Spitfire FR.14/PR.19 to American SB2C-5 Helldiver.
As the Vietnam war raged on, Thailand became even more important strategic partner with US and began to import US aircrafts, such as F-84G Thunderjet and F-86F/L Sabre. The Vietnam Era Aircraft that’s still under RTAF service is F-5s; While Variant A, B, and C have already been retired from service, the E variant is still currently being used and even now under the refurbishment and developed into F-5TH Super Tigris which, according to the official document, would push F-5E to Gen 4.5, a small number of F-5TH have already rolled out for service.
(F-5TH Proposed Update)
The Highest End of the RTAF Tech tree would be the F-16s, of which the variants under RTAF service are F-16A Block 15 ADF, F-16A Block 15 OCU, F-16AM Block 20 MLU, F-16B Block 15 ADF, F-16B Block 15 OCU, and F-16BM Block 20 MLU.
Objective: The main objective of adding RTAF to the current Japanese Tree is to expand Japanese Tech tree, especially the late war, post war, and cold war parts of the tree.
List of the Vehicles that could be added to each tier (Criteria is that it must be at least 10+ in number utilized and/or could be considered as gameplay viable)
Tier 1- (include Thai Designation for distinction in-game naming) (* for folder vehicles)
Curtiss Hawk II * (B.Kh9)
Curtiss Hawk III * (B.Kh10)
Vought V-93S Corsair (B.J1)
Martin B-10 139WSM * (B.Th3)
Martin B-10 139WSM-2 * (B.Th3)
Martin B-10 166 * (B.Th3)
Curtiss Hawk 75N (B.Kh11)
SB2C-5 Helldiver (B.J3)
Fairey Firefly FR.1 (B.J4)
Supermarine Spitfire FR.14 * (B.Kh14)
Supermarine Spitfire PR.19 * (B.Kh14)
Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat (B.Kh15)
F-84G Thunderjet (B.Kh16)
Cessna A-37 (B.J6)
Rockwell OV-10C Bronco (B.J5)
(North American F-86L Sabre of the RTAF in flight)
Dornier Alpha Jet A
Ling-Temco-Vought A-7E Corsair II
F-5TH Super Tigris
F-16A Block 15 ADF
F-16A Block 15 OCU
F-16AM Block 20 MLU
F-16B Block 15 ADF
F-16B Block 15 OCU
F-16BM Block 20 MLU