South Africa’s Paramount Group has collaborated with Thailand’s Defence Technology Institute (DTI), and local partner Jatunapas, to manufacture its infantry combat vehicle (ICV) in Thailand.
The announcement was made at Thai Defence and Security 2022.
During the event, the locally assembled ICV Mbombe 4, also called ‘D-Lion’, was handed over by DTI director-general Choochart Buakhao to Royal Thai Armed Forces Chief of Defence Forces general Chalermphon Srisawasdi.
After being assembled in the country, the Mbombe 4 will be tested by the Thai Armed Forces and defence research and development agency DTI.
A part of the Mbombe family of combat vehicles, the ICV is suitable for use in counter terrorism, peacekeeping missions, and conventional and asymmetric warfare.
Armed with advanced technologies, the vehicle offers high degrees of ballistic and mine protection.
The 16t vehicle features an armoured and lightweight shielding system that ensures the highest levels of troop protection.
With a burst speed of 140km/hr, Mbombe 4 is also capable of scaling gradients at a 60% incline. Its rear-door ramp design enables the quick deployment of troops.
The ICV can also accommodate multiple weapon systems and ammunition, among other supplies.
Jatunapas CEO Ploynapas Chaiyasree said: “This project embodies the policy of the Thai Government to promote local production, at the highest level, with a platform that represents the most technologically advanced combat capability.
It will provide the Royal Thai Armed Forces with the ability to address the ever-challenging combat environment.”
Paramount Group senior vice-president Eric Ichikowitz highlighted the necessity of an indigenous defence manufacturing supply chain for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) economy and Thailand’s national security.
In October 2021, Paramount Group developed new add-on armour for its Mbombe 4 infantry fighting vehicle to offer protection against all Level 3 threats.