Thailand’s Defence Technology Institute Conducts Test Firing Of D-Lion Infantry Combat Vehicle
On December 7, 2022, the Defence Expertise Institute (DTI) performed a take a look at firing of the EOS R150S ultra-light distant weapons programs (RWS) with M2 .50caliber (12.7x99mm) heavy machineguns for D-Lion 4×4 Infantry Fight Automobile (ICV) at Thung Prong, Sattahip District, Chonburi Province. The take a look at has been performed a distance of 400 m in opposition to static and cell targets with the car in cell and static situations. Colonel Suthep Kheawphakdee, Deputy Chief of Workers of the Ministry of Overseas Affairs of Thailand, and his crew attended the observations and took part within the take a look at of the turret, which the take a look at outcomes are in accordance with the necessities of the memorandum of settlement on joint analysis and growth of 4×4 wheeled armored automobiles (mine and ambush safety) between DTI and the Royal Thai Armed Forces.
DTI D-Lion is a Thai model of the Mbombe 4 mine-resistant armoured preventing car unveiled on the Protection & Safety 2022. The Defence Expertise Institute has introduced a partnership with South Africa agency Paramount Group, Thailand’s defence analysis and growth (R&D) company, and native companion Jatunapas, one in every of Thailand’s main defence and safety corporations, to provide its superior Infantry Fight Automobile (ICV), the Mbombe 4, in Thailand. The Mbombe 4 completes the extremely superior Mbombe household of fight automobiles which have been designed to straight tackle the growing demand for excellent safety but versatility in typical and uneven warfare, counter-terrorism, and peacekeeping missions alike. Following meeting of the Mbombe 4 inside Thailand, the subsequent era ICV is to bear car trials by the Thai Armed Forces and the DTI.
The R150S is the world’s lightest distant weapon system able to mounting and firing the M2HB 12.7 mm heavy machine gun exactly, on the transfer, over lengthy vary. It’s designed by Electro Optic Methods (EOS), as a part of a Australian Commonwealth Precedence Business Functionality Innovation Proposal to develop the subsequent era of sovereign distant weapon programs, the R150 has now finalised testing and is because of enter manufacturing by the top of 2018. With the excessive efficiency EOS sensor unit and the 12.7 mm heavy machine gun mounted, the R150S is a succesful surveillance and reconnaissance instrument with the benchmark of firepower. With a medium efficiency sensor unit and a lightweight or medium machine gun, the R150S gives glorious self-defence capabilities for assist platforms when mounting a lightweight or medium machine gun. It’s doable to configure the R150S with a roof weight of 100kg earlier than including weapons and ammunition.
The Mbombe 4 shares a ‘typical’ or ‘in-line’ automotive driveline configuration, positioning the powerpack on the entrance of the car and alongside its centre line. Regardless of such world-class protections, the 16 tonnes Mbombe 4 gives unbelievable versatility, a burst pace of 140km/hr, the power in a position to scale gradients at a 60% incline and a fording depth of as much as 900mm, which might be executed with out preparation. The platform notably hosts industry-distinct flat flooring mine protections and a rear-door ramp design which ensures the fast deployment of the crew whereas the car is both static or on the transfer. The Mbombe 4 can be geared up with varied weapon programs and loaded with ammunition, crew, and provides.
Manufactured with a definite clean-sheet design, whereas geared up with the newest applied sciences mission-critical to handle the challenges of the fashionable battlefield, the Mbombe 4 gives excessive levels of each ballistic and mine safety (e.g., crew compartment STANAG 4569-Degree 3, blast safety STANAG 4569-Degree 4a & 4b, protections recognised below a NATO standardisation settlement) alongside independently verified protections in opposition to a 50kg TNT facet blast or roadside bomb. The car’s newly examined and licensed add-on armour and light-weight shielding system developed by Paramount Group additional will increase the Mbombe 4’s safety to cowl all Degree 3 threats inside NATO STANAG 4569.
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