Royal Thai Army buys 600 military trucks from Tata Motors

Tata Motors will sell 600 military trucks to the Royal Thai Army which is currently in the process of finalizing the details of the order. The information was revealed by Chutintorn Sam Gongsakdi, who is the Ambassador of Thailand to India, Rush Lane reports.
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Tata Motors LPTA truck in 4x4 version (Picture source: Wkipedia)

Appreciating the capabilities of Tata LPTA military trucks, Gongsakdi said that the trucks fulfil the requirements of Royal Thai Army. A combat support vehicle, Tata LPTA military trucks have been in service in the Indian Army since 2015. These are available in 4×4, 6×6, 8×8, 10×10 and 12×12 configurations. Tata LPTA military trucks were primarily launched to reduce Indian Army’s dependence on Czech-designed Tatra trucks.

The 6×6 and 8×8 variants are powered by a Cummins ISLe engine developing 375 horsepower while the 12×12 variant comes with a Cummins ISXe engine with a maximum of 525 horsepower. 4×4, 6×6, 8×8 variants are mated to a 10 speed (9F+1R) manual transmission while the 12×12 variant comes with an automatic transmission. The 8×8 variant was selected by the Indian army to be the platform for SPYDER Short Range Surface to Air Missiles. Tata has also proposed the 12×12 variant for Nirbhay missile Transporter erector launcher and 8×8 for Pinaka MBRL. Around 15,000 trucks of 4×4 variant are also in service with Indian Army, all manufactured by the Vehicle Factory Jabalpur (VFJ).