Thai DTI Tests and Evaluates the D-Iron RCV Unmanned Ground Vehicle for the Royal Thai Army


10 September 2023 Defense Technology Institute (DTI) was tested its D-Iron RCV (Robotic Combat Vehicle) for Royal Thai Army (RTA) based on Milrem Robotics THeMIS Combat UGV (all photos : DTI) Defense Technology Institute DTI brought a prototype tactical robot for the Royal Thai Army unmanned combat vehicle D-Iron RCV (Robotic Combat Vehicle) to test and assess with the working group of the Royal Thai Army at Cavalry Center (Cavalry Center), Adisorn Camp, Saraburi Province Between 22-24 August 2023, about a year and a half later, Milrem Robotics Estonia delivered the system to DTI Thailand. The D-Iron tactical robot prototype is based on the THeMIS UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle) developed by Milrem Robotics, used by the Estonian Defense Force and the Royal Netherlands Army (Royal Netherlands Army, Koninklijke Landmacht), it has been tested and supplied by many NATO member nations and dozens more countries around the world including being used to place real operational forces. DTI Thailand has unveiled its D-Iron RCV unmanned vehicle for the first time at the Defense and Security International Armament Show 2019 from 18-21 November 2019. Equipped with a Remote Weapon Station  type R400S-Mk2-HD turret of Electro Optic Systems (EOS) Australia with a Northrop Grumman M230LF 30mm machine gun from the United States, which has been tested with real ammunition during day and night. Testing also included a prototype tactical robot D-Iron equipped with a payload instead of the RWS turret, which could be used for terrain deployment. Terrain maneuvering, steep climbs, wide ditch crossings, deep water wading, and other obstacles were also tested when entering the consideration process by the Ministry of Defense Armament Standards Committee Ministry of Defense of Thailand, which will pave the way for procurement orders to open mass production lines in Thailand.  This makes the Royal Thai Army the first nation in ASEAN to use heavily armed UGVs. (AAG)
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