Defence News: India’s automobile giant Tata Motors will supply 600 military trucks to Royal Thailand Army, informed Thailand’s ambassador to New Delhi.
“Atmanirbhar Bharat: The Royal Thai Army is in the process of completing its purchase of over 600 TATA LPTA military trucks,” Chutintorn Sam Gongsakdi, Thai ambassador in New Delhi said in a tweet.
“They are rugged & easy to maintain. Fit for purpose. Fit for service of the nation,” said the Thai diplomat in the tweet.
According to reports, Tata Motors has been a prime defence supplier to the Armed and Paramilitary Forces of the country for a long time now.
The Group’s history with the defence sector goes way back to the 1940s.
Apart from being a leading supplier of mobility solutions to the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force and various Paramilitary forces, the company also exports its range of specialised defence vehicles to SAARC, ASEAN, African nations and the UN peacekeeping forces in conflict zones in Africa.
Tata Motors, India’s largest vehicle manufacturer by revenue, is readying a range of sophisticated combat, tactical, logistical and armoured vehicles including high-end missile launchers for the Indian defence forces.
“Tata Motors has been very proactive in the defence segment, so it is not that we wait for the order. We knew that somewhere down the line, there would be a better focus on indigenisation and keeping that in mind, we went ahead and developed the (LPTA 5252) 12X12. They are the military versions of the Prima truck,” VS Noronha, Vice President (defence and government business) of Tata Motors had said earlier.
Tata Motors’s product line-up includes bullet-proof troop carriers, armoured buses, mine protected vehicles, mobile hospital, water bowser and even unmanned aerial vehicle launchers, among other things.