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Thailand considers SkyStriker for D11A rocket launcher

The integration of the SkyStriker is being considered by Thailand to augment the munitions options on the D11A, pictured above at the Defense & Security 2023 show in Bangkok. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)

Thailand's Defense Technology Institute (DTI) and Elbit Systems are exploring possibilities to expand their partnership to focus on the Israeli company's SkyStriker autonomous loitering munition.

Janes understands that the DTI is interested in integrating the munition into Thailand's new D11A, a local version of Elbit Systems' multicalibre Precise and Universal Launching System (PULS).

A DTI source told Janes recently that the DTI is in talks with Elbit Systems about a potential programme to locally develop and integrate the SkyStriker into the D11A. However, the programme has yet to be framed by a formal proposal. β€œIt's under discussion,” the source said. β€œBut there is no official programme, we are exploring the opportunities.”

According to Elbit, the SkyStriker can locate, acquire, and strike designated targets with a five or 10 kg warhead installed inside its fuselage.

The munition has a radius of operation of up to 100 km and an estimated service ceiling of 4,570 m. With a 5 kg warhead its endurance is two hours, and with a 10 kg warhead its endurance is halved.

The potential to integrate the SkyStriker into the PULS was displayed by Elbit Systems in September 2022 at the Azerbaijan International Defence Exhibition (ADEX).

At this show, the Israeli company showcased the multiple rocket launcher integrated onto a Russian KAMAZ-63502 8Γ—8 truck and fitted with a pod capable of launching six SkyStriker loitering munitions.

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