Maintenance Repair & Overhaul Space Air Cargo

Home- Stories

Royal Thai Army Reveals Domestically Developed UAS

Yulian Ardiansyah - : Nov 9, 2021 - : 2:39 am

The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has published pictures and information of the first prototype of the D-eyes 04 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), locally developed by Thailand’s Defense Technology Institute (DTI) and the RTA’s Research and Development Office (ARDO).

The collaboration between DTI and ARDO to develop a medium tactical UAS was formalized on June 22 this year. Interestingly, while it was then stated that the development of the D-eyes 04 will be based on Chinese Beihang CY-9 drones, the design of the D-eyes 04 bears a passing resemblance to the CH-4 Rainbow UAS series developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).

The new D-eyes 04 UAS will be used by the Royal Thai Army Aviation Center, although it had earlier been stated that it would be operated by the RTA’s artillery regiments as a spotter drone. The future development plan of the D-eyes 04 is likely to transform it into an Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) by incorporating targeting systems and weapon pylons for air-to-ground missiles.

The DTI/ARDO D-eyes 04 is a medium-sized UAS with a length of 6.5 meters, 13.4 meters wingspan, and 2.5 meters height. It has an operating radius of about 200 km with a 20 hours endurance, a 24,000 ft (about 7,300 meters) service ceiling, and a maximum speed of around 180 km/hour. Equipped with a day/night and all-weather electro-optical/IR system, It has a maximum take-off weight of 750 kg with a maximum payload weight of about 150 kg.

It’s still unknown how many of the D-eyes 04 UAS will be produced.


Headquartered in Singapore with reporters spread across all major regions, GBP Aerospace & Defence is a leading media house that publishes three publications that serve the aerospace and defence sector - Asian Defence Technology, Asian Airlines & Aerospace and Daily News. Known industry-wide for quality journalism, GBP Aerospace & Defence is present at more international tradeshows and exhibitions than any other competing publication in the region.
For over three decades, our award-winning team of reporters has been producing top-notch content to help readers stay abreast of the latest developements in the field of commercial aviation, MRO, defence, and Space.

Popular Posts

Copyright 2024. GBP. All Rights Reserved.

Home Defence & Security Space Commercial Aviation Maintence Repair & Overhaul Daily News Events About Us