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Thai army unveils VL MICA air defence system

28th March 2019 - 14:28 GMT | by Sompong Nondhasa in Bangkok


At the end of last year, the Royal Thai Army’s (RTA) Air Defence Command replaced its Spada surface-to-air missiles (SAM), which had been in service for more than 20 years, by a ground-based version of MBDA’s VL MICA.

The RTA ordered the VL MICA medium-range SAM system along with the TRML-3D/32-6 mobile air surveillance and defence radar system from Airbus Defence and Space in 2014.

That deal worth THB3.52 billion ($110.53 million) helps to protect critical areas in the Bangkok metropolitan region that are assigned under the RTA’s responsibility.

The VL MICA’s effective range is 20km at a 9km

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Sompong Nondhasa


Sompong Nondhasa

Sompong, a Thai national living in Bangkok, is a fulltime photojournalist and editor of the …

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