Siam-Thailand Lineups For Japanese Tech Tree

Just found out about this, Thailand really is the land of COIN

Its the Cessna Summit T-337 Sentry which is a militarized version the Cessna Skymaster famously used in CIA Operations in the Vietnam War and Contra Wars. This was supposed to replace the O-1 Bird Dog and then to be replaced by the OV-10 Bronco after it was developed but some units remained in service for some time after.

Its got an armament of:

  • Guns: SUU-11/A Minigun Pod
  • Hardpoints: Four MAU-3A bomb racks
  • Rockets: LAU-59/A Rocket Launcher, MA-2/A Rocket Launcher
  • Bombs: SUU-14/A Bomblet Dispenser

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Cessna T-337 Sentry 1310

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Cessna T-337 Sentry 1310

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Cessna T-337 Sentry Gunpod

Pretty nifty little thing lol

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I was actually looking for more information on the various subsystems the Thais used on their hueys for CAS missions. Too bad I cant really find like a source where it just lists the subsystems they use but heres a pretty interesting find from the photos:

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Anybody know what specific rocket launcher is that? Im not even sure if that is a rocket launcher. Also on that note do you guys know what this specific rocket is? It looks different from the usual FFAR Mighty Mouse Rockets.


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This one looks different from the one above it

Also the Thais fitted what looks like a grenade launcher as a door gun on its hueys as well.

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Also does anybody know if Thailand armed their Sikorsky S-70B Seahawks? It seems to retain the hardpoint at least.

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I swear I keep bumping into more COIN aircraft for Thailand. Heres one for RTAF’s special-mission recon-transport role; its the IAI 201 Arava.

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RTAF IAI 201 Arava with an unknown recon suite on its side

Now here’s an important caveat - Im not sure if Thailand operated a version of this that was actually armed but still, it did have armed versions and from what I can see its easy to refit it to arm this thing.

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IAI 201 Arava displayed in the airshow in Hanover with it’s armaments in 1972

The Israeli Aircraft Industries Arava is a light STOL utility transport aircraft built in Israel by IAI in the late 1960s. While the armed version of the 201 Arava did not enter service with the Israeli Air Force (and the Royal Thai Airforce), the unarmed version did. It proved to be extremely useful as a transport in the 1973 Yom Kippur war as it’s STOL capabilities were extremely useful in the terrain of Sinai and was also used in the 1982 Lebanon war.

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Gallery of South Asian Airpower, John W. R. Taylor and Kenneth Munson

There is an old proposal that is stuck in passed for consideration purgatory in the old forums here: IAI 201 Arava, a funny military transport aircraft... WITH GUNS - Passed for Consideration - War Thunder - Official Forum

Anyways, I was actually looking for more UH-1 subsystems that the RTAF may have used and stumbled upon this little guy:

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I have no freaking idea why someone would put the rockets like that. I assume its for transport purposes but if it was that then theres no need for it to be placed on an incline right? So it must be put like that for the express purpose of using that in that placement. Not the most absurd huey armament though, afterall the US themselves tried to arm the hueys with M61 Vulcans.

Also while we are on the topic, on the helicopter subtree proposal - this was presented as a bomb rack which I think COULD be wrong but I am not sure. For me at least, it looks like an XM-22 Guided Missile System instead as while there are certainly bomb-equipped hueys - the ones developed by the US actually used bomblets and the bigger ones I think are much more recent that allows for the carrying for bigger bombs such as with Lebanese Hueys. Also looking at the mount, it definitely matches the mount for the XM-22 Guided Missile System.

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UH-1 Huey In Action by Wayne Mutza

Helicopter Subtree Proposal: Thailand sub-tree : Helicopter tree

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https://www.tiktok.com/@somphobthongaiam/video/7366260241127755016

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AV-8S, Navy’s Little Golden Age

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The story of the Royal Thai Navy’s first aircraft carrier, HTMS Chakri Naruebet, is an interesting story, for it has quite a unique origin. After the disaster and tragedy caused by the Kavali Cyclone of 1989, the Royal Thai Navy, realizing their lack of efficient rescue options and rapid rescue capabilities, requested a purchase of a large ship with search and rescue capability with helicopters and aircraft onboard for search and rescue operations, thus, beginning the story of the HTMS Chakri Naruebet.

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In the year 1992, the Thai government approved the requisition order for a helicopter carrier, allowing the Royal Thai Navy to conduct a government-to-government purchase of a helicopter carrier with the nation of Spain, leading to the construction and subsequent deployment of HTMS Chakri Naruebet, Thailand’s first helicopter carrier with aircraft carrier’s capabilities, in the year 1997. Alongside the HTMS Chaki Naruebet, the Royal Thai Navy also purchased 9 AV-8S from the Royal Spanish Navy, improving HTMS Chakri Naruebet with several capabilities such as aerial interception, ground attack, Anti-ship and Anti-submarine operations, as well as Close air support and reconnaissance.

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A notable utilization of Thai AV-8S was its deployment in the 2003 Phnom Penh riots during Operation Pochentong 1. While it did not see the combat it was built for, the Thai AV-8S fleet was deployed alongside HTMS Chakri Naruebet in the secure and rescue operation and as a backup. In the end, AV-8S didn’t see any combat operations thanks to the diplomatic communication and cooperation between the Thai and Cambodian Governments.

Today, while the AV-8S may no longer be under the Royal Thai Navy’s service, it still serves as an attraction at the Royal Thai Airforce Museum. If you wish to see the aircraft that once served on Southeast Asia’s first and only aircraft carrier, feel free to come and visit the Royal Thai Air Force Museum in Thailand!

References:
Royal Thai Navy - ประวัติความเป็นมาของกองเรือบรรทุกเฮลิคอปเตอร์
Royal Thai Navy - อากาศนาวีในอดีต
Thaifighterclub - กาลครั้งหนึ่ง กับ AV-8 S Harrier ในปี พ.ศ… | Facebook

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New Suggestion for the ปืนใหญ่เบากระสุนวิถีโค้งขนาด ๑๐๕ มิลลิเมตร อัตตาจร, ปบค 105 อัตตาจร (Puenyai Bao Krasunwithi Khong Khanat 105 millimeters Attajhon, English: 105 mm Self-propelled Light Artillery))

Added to the List of suggestions for Thailand

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Still whish we hand any good info on if it ever might of carried the flair pod found on the American harrier. Otherwise we would have to pray for a balance decision from gajjin

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The RTAF had the AV-8S Matador variant which was just an export variant of the first gen Harriers, so I dont think they had the flair pods that would be found on the second gen American Harriers. Not sure though.

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Found more pics regards to the Thai AC-47D Gunships, they got a bunch of hand me downs from the US. It would seem some airframes retained the 7.62 miniguns while some airframes had one of the weapons replaced with a twin .50 cals but none retained the door 20mm minigun from what I can see. Apparently though there were some who had the twin .50 cals but instead of a 7.62 minigun, it had a 20mm Madsen.


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Douglas AC-47D, R Thai AF, 50 cal and M147

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Douglas AC-47D, Thai AF, twin 50cal and one Madsen cannon

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Douglas AC-47D, Thai AF, twin 50cal and one Madsen cannon

Anyways heres a Spanish AV-8S and a Thai AV-8S side by side as a bonus

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Well the AV-8A is first gen right? And was still able to mount the flair pod

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