Panus and Chaiseri to supply Royal Thai Navy with 8x8 Amphibious APCs and 4x4 Multipurpose Armored Vehicles

According to Defense Studies, the Thai Government Procurement System, the Comptroller General's Department, Ministry of Finance announced on September 20 the winners of both wheeled armored vehicle procurement projects of the Royal Thai Navy.
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As Defense Studies reports, Panus Assembly Co. is the winner of the tender for two 8x8 APCs, amounting to USD 3,080,387 (Bht 49,950,000 /USD 1,540,240 per R600 vehicle). Chaiseri Metal & Rubber Co. is the winner of the purchase of six First Win 4x4 multi-purpose armored vehicles, amounting to Bht 99, 900,000 baht (USD 3,080,387 / Bht 16,650,000/USD 513,414 per vehicle).

For the 4x4 multi-purpose armored vehicle purchase project, Chaiseri Thai is the winner over Nunta Trade Co. Ltd. Thailand, and Partnership. S. Siam Panich, Thailand, which should act as a representative of foreign car dealers, Defense Studies reports.

According to the TORs (Terms of Reference), the content is the same as the project for the purchase of 6 multi-purpose armored vehicles with 4-wheel drive (4 x 4) by the Department of Naval Transport (Naval). Transportation Department) in 2020. It is understood that this latest purchase will be the supply of 6 additional Chaiseri's First Win 4x4 armored vehicles for the Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC).

As for the 8x8 amphibious armored vehicle project, Panus Assembly was the winner over the proposed unknown Chaiseri Company and Preecha Thavorn Industries. Co., Ltd. Thailand.

According to the project's TOR, there is a content specification that matches the R600A 8x8 amphibious armored vehicle for the Thai Marines of Panus Company more than the Black Widow Spider (BWS) 8x8 wheeled armored vehicle for the Royal Thai Army (RTA) that Preechathavorn Company should offer this model to the Royal Thai Navy which had completed the research and development project of a prototype Amphibious Armored Personnel Carrier (AAPC) 8x8 produced by Cho Thavee Public Company Limited, Thailand.

Both the AAPC 8x8 amphibious wheeled armored vehicle and the BWS 8x8 wheeled armored vehicle are the work of the Thai Defense Technology Institute (DTI), and are based on the Terrex family of armored vehicles designed in Singapore. It is not yet known exactly why the Royal Thai Navy has not procured additional AAPC armored vehicles from 5 pilot prototypes and procured R600 armored vehicles that are likely to be used to test two vehicles instead.

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