Thailand air force says U.S. has denied request to buy F-35 jets


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BANGKOK, May 25 (Reuters) - The United States has declined to sell its F-35 stealth fighter jets to Thailand over issues with training and technical requirements, the Southeast Asian country's air force said on Thursday. Thailand, which was designated a Major Non-NATO Ally by the United States in 2003, had last year set aside a 13.8 billion baht ($407.68 million) budget for new jets to replace its aging, mostly U.S.-made F-5 and F-16 fighters. It identified up to eight Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) F-35A jets as its target. But sale of the fifth-generation fighters was subject to conditions that included time...