Panus Assembly Co. Ltd. (Panus), a Thailand privately-owned automotive and defense contractor company, recently delivered two R600 Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) to the Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC).
While the vehicle has been reported to pass RTMC’s requirements, it’s still unclear whether there’s a follow-up contract for additional vehicles. However, Panus is reported to have been preparing for expanded production of the R600 next year which will also include improvements based on inputs from the RTMC.
Panus Assembly’s R600 is an 8×8 or 8×4 amphibious APC with a dimension of 8.4 meters (L), 3.2 meters (W), and 2.75 meters (H). The 25-tonnes vehicle is powered by a 600 hp Cummins diesel engine delivering a 24 hp/t power-to-weight ratio. It has a maximum speed of 110 km/h on road and a claimed maximum range of 800 km. In the water, it can reach a maximum speed of 14 km/h using a pair of ducted propellers on its rear.
The vehicle is operated by two crews and has a capacity of 20 fully-armed personnel. With a STANAG 4569 Lv.2 to Lv.3 protection, it can also be armed with a Remote-Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) mounting a 30 mm cannon manufactured by ASELSAN of Turkiye.
In the Southeast Asia region, the R600 is in the same class of vehicle as Singapore’s Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicle (ICV) manufactured by ST Engineering, and Malaysia’s AV8 Gempita manufactured by DefTech.
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