Thailand shows PULS – domestic 122/306/370mm rocket launcher
BANGKOK ($1=36.66 Thai Bahts) — Thailand is developing its domestic rocket launch system. This is the PULS system, and its only prototype so far was exhibited at the Defense & Security 2022 international exhibition. PULS stands for Precise and Universal Launching System. PULS is a joint development between Thailand [Institute of Defense Technology] and the Israeli company Elbit Systems. PULS received the designation D11A and will be known as such in the future.
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Thailand’s new missile launch system should boost the country’s defense capabilities. The system is intended to become part of the inventory of the Thai artillery and coast guard. It is assumed that the D11A will also be developed in a naval version. Similar signals come from the fact that the Royal Thai Navy also got involved in its development.
The project to develop the D11A rocket launching system was launched in 2019. However, the epidemic of KVOD-19 worldwide interrupts its development. At the end of 2021, however, the project was resumed. According to Thai sources, serial production of the D11A should begin in late 2022 and early 2023. However, this will be done after tests are carried out to certify the system.
What we know about D11A
The D11A multiple rocket launcher is integrated on a 6×6 Czech Tatra chassis. According to Thai sources, the missile system will be capable of firing various calibers of guided and unguided munitions. This means that the maximum operating range will be in quite different limits.
For example, hitting a target at a distance of 40 km will be done with 122mm Accular ammunition. A maximum operational range of 150 km will be achievable using the 306mm EXTRA-guided missiles. The maximum range of 300 km will be achieved by firing 370mm Predator Hawk missiles.
Thai sources say an off-the-shelf production line will be used. These are the production lines of NESDB and DIEC. I.e. Arms Production Center, and Defense Industry and Energy Center. Thailand uses these production lines to produce the 155mm/52cal self-propelled howitzer based on the ATMOS system and the ATMM 120mm rubber-wheeled self-propelled grenade launcher. The latter was also developed jointly with the Israeli company Elbit Systems.
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