SELEX Galileo has been selected to provide its thermal sight systems (TSS) in support of the Royal Thai Army’s Scorpion light tank upgrade programme following in-country trials of the system with the army.

Under the €4.3m contract, the company will provide an initial quantity of 42 TSS systems as well as provide surveillance, target acquisition and weapon sight (STAWS) system.

The TSS system can provide direct fire capability to artillery platforms such as 155mm Howitzers and consists of the STAWS integrated with assisted-aiming fire control software, a commander’s display and a gunner’s display.

The assisted aiming software uses the laser-sighting capability of the STAWS to provide the Scorpion tank with advanced direct fire capability under all battlefield conditions.

Deliveries will begin in February 2012, and the systems are expected to be fielded in mid 2012.

The contract is for the first part of a three-stage upgrade programme and the army has plans to upgrade several other vehicles.