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Navy tests new artillery-targeting system off Pattaya island


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Royal Thai Navy forces have begun testing a new weapons-targeting system aimed at lowering costs by allowing spare parts to be Made in Thailand.


Vice Adm. Taweewut Pongpipat, assistant division chief of staff, oversaw the live target practice at Koh Rin, one of Pattaya’s Far Islands.


Coastal Defense Battalion 12 used the occasion to fire eight 155mm Chinese artillery shells on an arced trajectory, aiming and tracking the projectiles with a Raytheon Pathfinder MK targeting system and Thales Group BOR A-550 portable radar system. Shells were fired over a distance of 17 kilometers at the island’s “Big Rock,” a popular scuba diving site littered with unexploded shells that frequently miss the island.n1Navy testing.jpg


Rear Adm. Tharathorn Khachitsuwan, commander of the Air and Coastal Defense division, said the new firing system should not only help the Navy shoot straighter, but pay less for spare parts, as they can be manufactured inside the kingdom.


A key to the new system will be data synchronization between the portable radar system and the Coastal Defense Command’s existing target-detection system. The data link won the navy a consolation prize in a National Research Council contest 11 years ago.


Taweewut said the navy will use results of this month’s target practice in the development of radar-linking systems for weapons-firing calculations. Such calculations will be sent wirelessly from a computer to the artillery fire team, speeding firing time and improving accuracy, he claimed.


I am curious... Are any BM's that are into Scuba diving concerned that a popular dive site has lots of unexploded shells just lying around?

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Late to the topic, but better than no responses I guess.


Just recently completed my Open Water Course on the shores of Koh Rin. Our dive instructors did warn us on the presence of shells along the bottom, with express instructions to not touch them, in case they go off.


During the dives, I spotted several of the shells, semi-buried in sandy bottoms, and lightly coated with algae and other small plant life. They aren't hard to spot, and long as you don't touch them, there's no reason to fear the shells.


That being said, I'd still steer clear of the buggers wherever I spot them. :)

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Just make sure those Shells you see when Diving are Not D.U shells..!!! D.U depleted Uranium..!!

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