Thai Army tests 300 km-range D11A based on Israeli PULS MLRS
BANGKOK ($1=37.67 Thai Bahts) — Thailand’s Defense Technology Institute [DTI] has begun testing an indigenous version of Elbit Systems’ Precise & Universal Launching System [PULS].
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On September 27, 2022, the DTI reported that recently at the Royal Thai Army [RTA] artillery range in Lopburi [central Thailand].
On behalf of the DTI, it was reported that the initial testing was intended to verify the performance and stability [operation] of the D11A product, as well as its ability to meet the “tactical requirements” of the Thai armed forces.
It was also added that the test results will form the basis for further research and development of the platform. Several sources say that this work focused primarily on the integration of a rocket launcher by Elbit Systems employees into a 10-ton Tatra 6×6 truck from the Czech Republic.
The D11A product prototype was presented by the DTI Institute at the Defense and Security 2022 exhibition held in Bangkok in August.
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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