60 US infantry carriers set for delivery: Army

60 US infantry carriers set for delivery: Army

A batch of 60 US-made M1126 Stryker infantry carriers purchased in a deal clinched by the Thai army is due to be delivered early next month. (Photo from General Dynamics Land Systems)
A batch of 60 US-made M1126 Stryker infantry carriers purchased in a deal clinched by the Thai army is due to be delivered early next month. (Photo from General Dynamics Land Systems)

A batch of 60 US-made M1126 Stryker infantry carriers purchased in a deal clinched by the Royal Thai Army is due to be delivered early next month, according to information published on the army’s Facebook page.

The 60 refurbished armoured vehicles will go into service at the 11th Infantry Division in Chachoengsao province and a number of other army units, said the army.

The armoured vehicles were purchased under the Defence Council’s policy to upgrade and modernise the capacity of the 11th Infantry Division and the army, said the army.

Originally manufactured by the Michigan-based General Dynamics Land Systems, the 60 armoured vehicles saw US army service before being stored in its reserve armoury and then sold as surplus, said the Thai army.

The vehicles are being well-maintained as reserve equipment, it added.

The first team of Thai soldiers who will be assigned to the Stryker company -- including drivers, mechanics and technicians -- have been sent for training in the US, said the army.

Army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong is expected to lead an inspection of the vehicles when they arrive.

Piloted by two officers, each vehicle can carry up to nine soldiers.

The M1126 is powered by a 350-horsepower diesel engine and armed with a remotely controlled weapon station which can mount either a .50-calibre M2 Browning machine gun, a 40mm MK19 grenade launcher or a 7.62×51mm Nato M240 machine gun. It also comes equipped with four M6 smoke grenade launchers.



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