This is a guess but as the guy on the right is holding a MANPADS that doesn’t have the IFF antenna, that fork paddle might be an IFF Interrogator antenna.
It looks like a 8×8 mixture of the Thyssen-Henschel Condor and Anoa Pindad, but still its impressive that Thailand can develop this. Specially if you look to the performance of this vehicle, which has a 600 hp Cummins diesel installed.Two prototype vehicles of domestic R600 eight-wheel drive (8x8) Amphibious Armored Personnel Carrier developed by Panus Assembly Co.,Ltd. ...aagth1.blogspot.com
Thai amphibious 8x8 Panus R600. Develop locally although I suspect with some foreign influence. Still it is integrated locally, shown Thai quite mature automotive industry infrastructure.
The industry might be strong but their procurement seems messy.Thai's MIC leverage much on their domestic commercial industrial strength. Many of them (especially for land vehicles) come from large brand commercial value chain support industries. They are just bit more low profiles.
Yes, I'm more see how they (Thailand) build their MIC logically in better base then say other in ASEAN aside Singapore. They build their MIC first on base of what their commercial Industry strength. While Indonesia or Malaysia (as example) build on what Politically project have more selling point, and not to the relative strength of their commercial Industry.The industry might be strong but their procurement seems messy.
Giving it a few years at best. Maybe 2.Today a new giant has born.
The german Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and the french Nexter, the two most famous european state-owned land systems manufacturers, finally complete their merge process, becoming the first pan-european company in their field.
Unified brand appearance: Land Defense Systems Group KNDS gears up for the European future - EDR MagazineAmsterdam, 14 June 2023– KNDS, the merger of the German and French land defense systems providers Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) andwww.edrmagazine.eu
I don't have the crystal ball so I can't make any prediction, but I don't agree with your opinion at all.Giving it a few years at best. Maybe 2.
Their flagship project - MGCS, is being constantly derailed by Rheinmetall, and it expands to a larger Franco-German political-industrial conflict.
I am not going to go hard into #2I don't have the crystal ball so I can't make any prediction, but I don't agree with your opinion at all.
1) MGCS is being constantly derailed by Rheinmetall, except that it is not.
The new MGCS is one the program, as I reported here too, included in the 2023 EDF.
Your claim is probably based on the fact that you think RHM wants to sell its KF51 tank, but I guess you missed the fact that RHM was forced to recognize that KMW ( now KNDS ) is actually the intellectual owner of the Leopard 2 design, and guess what... the KF51 hull is exactly the Leo2 hull.
So I dont see why RHM should derail the MGCS.DUSSELDORF, Germany --- The proceedings of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG (KMW) against Rheinmetall AG and Mr Papperger before the Munich I Regional...www.defense-aerospace.com
They will likely be the main gun manufacturer and their core products are IFVs and AA systems, not MBTs.
So there is not a single reason why RHM would want to have the MGCS derailed.
2) You are talking of "larger franco-german political-industrial conflict".
Here I actually have to guess you have no idea what you are talking about.
These 2 nations just merged their 2 biggest state-owned land systems companies and are working rally tight to strenghten, integrate and federalize their defense industry and militaries.
The other big program, the FCAS/SCAF, after years of uncertainty got a big push forward from the invasion of Ukraine and work started only a couple of months ago, having a new office also opened in Spain.
Indra’s new headquarters in Alcobendas, Spain, for the Next-Generation Weapon System/Future European Combat Air System (NGWS/FCAS) recently hosted the first meeting of the National Joint Office of the program, chaired by the Secretary of State for Defence, Amparo Valcarce.asiapacificdefencereporter.com
You can also add that both Italy and Sweden officialy announced their will to participate in the MGCS and their full support for the program, not one but multiple times.
The only "conflict" currently undergoing in the EU is the one between the Eurozone and Hungary/Poland, who are being heavily criticized for their recent political moves ( Poland is also under infraction procedure by the EU court of justice )
My idea and the idea of every single european MPs, is that EU reliance on external nations must end.
Gradually, but it must end.