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Defense & Security 2022: Thailand, Elbit partner on D11A multiple rocket launcher

Thailand's Defence Technology Institute (DTI) unveiled, at the Defense & Security 2022 show in Bangkok, the D11A Multi-Purpose Rocket and Missile Launcher, pictured above, which is based on Elbit Systems' PULS system. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)

Thailand's Defence Technology Institute (DTI) is partnering with Elbit Systems to develop a Thai version of the Israeli company's multicalibre Precise and Universal Launching System (PULS).

Named the D11A Multi-Purpose Rocket and Missile Launcher, the DTI is developing the system to meet a coastal artillery requirement. The Royal Thai Navy's Naval Research and Development Office (NRDO) is also involved in the project.

A DTI spokesperson said the three-way partnership has built one prototype of the locally made system, which was unveiled at the Defense & Security 2022 show in Bangkok.

The spokesperson said that development work has focused mainly on the integration of the rocket launcher on a 6×6 10-tonne Tatra truck from the Czech Republic. The development project started in 2019, was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, but restarted earlier 2022.

Janes understands that the project was initiated through a USD2.2 million development contract awarded to Elbit Systems in September 2019.

The DTI official said trials of the locally built prototype will start in 2022, with the objective to certify the launcher and start production of the system in 2023. Manufacturing will likely be carried out by the Royal Thai Armed Forces' production facilities.

Once operational, the modular D11A will be able to launch several guided and unguided rocket systems of different calibres, with an effective range between 40 and 300 km.

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