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Thai Army Tests DTI-STD-003 Bridge Layer Prototype

Our Bureau - : Apr 18, 2024 - : 5:10 am

Thailand’s DTI (Defence Technology Institute) and the Royal Thai Army recently conducted a successful test of the DTI-STD-003 bridge layer prototype at the service’s Engineer Corps Centre in Saraburi Province.

As a joint project between DTI and China’s Norinco, the Norinco GQL-111 bridge-laying truck serves as the basis for the development of the DTI-STD-003. The tests carried out included assessing the load-bearing capacity of 60 tonnes using an M-60A3 tank, measuring cabin temperature and operating sound loudness, evaluating on and off-road performance, as well as the efficiency of the Isuzu 8×8 truck platform, and more.

According to the Chinese defence industry, the GQL-111 is a scissor-type bridge system with a maximum span of 15 metres. Each system can also be combined with four more to create a maximum span of 75 metres or combined with pontoons to cross wider rivers. While its first iteration can handle a maximum load of 50 tonnes, the latter development is claimed to have been improved to handle 60 tonnes of load.

Apart from the change in the truck platform, it is currently unknown if there are any more technical differences between the Norinco GQL-111 and the DTI-STD-003. It is also still unclear how many of these support vehicles will be produced and acquired for the Royal Thai Army.


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