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D&S 2019: Thai military charts course towards armed UAVs

18th November 2019 - 10:49 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Bangkok

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The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) does not currently operate any armed UAVs, but it has already taken steps to develop and introduce a future armed platform for the first time.

The evidence for this new direction came at Defense & Security 2019 in Bangkok, where Thai company RV Connex exhibited its Sky Scout-X UAV fitted with Thales Freefall Lightweight Multirole Missiles (FFLMM) under its wings.

Thales describes the FFLMM thus: ‘Installed on light to medium airborne platforms, including tactical and MALE UAVs, any rotary-wing or low-cost tactical fixed-wing aircraft, FFLMM provides a highly effective, accurate, low-collateral-damage weapon against both conventional and asymmetric threats.’

The FFLMM, weighing less than 6kg and measuring 700mm long, employs INS and SAL (optional GPS for midcourse guidance) and carries a 2kg dual-effect warhead to minimise collateral damage. At least two can be fitted on tactical UAVs, and it has a >4km range when launched at 10,000ft.

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