HTMS Surin 561 (photo : Royal Thai Navy)
The Royal Thai Navy launched its newly-build M58 patrol gun boat the HTMS Surin on 25 Aug 2015 at Naval Dockyard in Bangkok.
The M58 is armed with a 76mm Oto Melara (compact variant) main gun, one 30mm cannon from MSI Defence and two .50 cal machine guns.
M58 patrol gun boat class (image : Marsun Co Ltd)
The fire control will be Thales MIRADOR which was controlled by Thales TATICOS combat suite. Elbit's Compass EO / IR will also be installed. The boat will completed the sea trial next year and will be commissioned in patrol fleet.
HTMS Surin has a length of 58 meters and width of 9.30 meters, displacement of 520 tons and a maximum speed of 23 knots, an operating distance of not less than 2500 nautical miles and durable sea conditions up to sea level 4 (Sea State 4).
Hua Hin class patrol boat of the Royal Thai Navy (photo : shipbucket)
This new class of Patrol Boat is expected to replace Huahin class ships: HTMS Huahin (541), HTMS Klang (542) and HTMS Sriracha (543), which were built by Asian Marine Services and Royal Thai Naval Dockyard.
According to the Navy's Strategic Plan 2008 – 2017 Royal Thai Navy will add this series with another three boat.