The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has invited bids from local companies for 8×8 and 4×4 armored fighting vehicles (AFV).
Five local defense companies will submit their products to win the contracts with a total value of THB199.8 million (about US$16.16 million) split evenly between the two tenders that were issued on Aug. 30.
Chaiseri Metal & Rubber, Panus Assembly, and Preecha Thavorn Industry will compete for the first THB99.9 million (US$3.08 million) contract for the 8×8 amphibious AFV has companies. The winner will provide RTN with two vehicles of this type.
Among the requirements of the AFV are a maximum carrying capacity of 18 personnel including the driver, maximum weight of 21 tonnes, STANAG level 2 protection, and the main armament of a 30 mm automatic cannon. The vehicle must also be powered with a 600 hp diesel engine, have a 110 km/h maximum speed on-road, 800 km maximum range as well as amphibious capability with a maximum speed of 12 km/h on water.
Chaiseri Metal & Rubber, Nuntatrade Co., and Siam Panit are competing for the second THB99.9 million contract, for 4×4 multipurpose armored vehicles. The winner is required to deliver six of these vehicles to the RTN.
The vehicle will have a maximum capacity of 10 personnel including the driver, 2 tonnes cargo load, STANAG level 2 protection, and a roof-mounted turret for machine guns up to M134 multi-barreled 7.62 mm caliber gun. It will be powered with a diesel engine capable of delivering a minimum of 295 hp of power, an on-road maximum speed of 110 km/h, and a maximum range of about 650 km. It will also have the ability to be transported by air inside a C-130 Hercules military cargo aircraft.
Although the bids are likely prototypes for RTN evaluation purposes, it’s still unknown when the tenders will be concluded.
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