Thailand’s DTI introduces first Black Widow Spider armoured car

2 November 2015 (Last Updated November 2nd, 2015 18:30)

Thailand's Defence Technology Institute (DTI) has presented the first Black Widow Spider 8x8 armoured car at the Defence and Security 2015 exhibition.

Black Widow Spider

Thailand's Defence Technology Institute (DTI) has presented the first Black Widow Spider 8x8 armoured car at the Defence and Security 2015 exhibition.

The armoured car is said to meet Natro specifications, and was developed by DTI and the National Metal and Materials Technology Centre, along with other private organisations.

Built for the Royal Thai Army, the Black Widow is equipped with a 30mm machine gun, which can be operated on both land and water.

It can accommodate a squad of 12, and is capable of crossing steep and sloping terrain.

"It is hoped DTI will be able to play a role in the country's economy by generating income and creating jobs for the people."

DTI claims the Black Widow is resistant to small arms and .57 calibre machine gun fire.

Thailand's Security Affairs Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said: "During 2015-2016, the DTI has carried out more than 20 projects on research and development of defence technology.

"Many of the fruits of these efforts, which are on display at this exhibition, have been handed over to the armed forces for their use.

"It is hoped DTI will be able to play a role in the country's economy by generating income and creating jobs for the people."

Fitted with a V-shaped monocoque hull and suspended seats, the Black Widow can carry a range of payloads, turrets and counter-measures in various operating environments.


Image: DTI developed Black Widow Spider for the Royal Thai Army. Photo: courtesy of Ricardo.