UK defence technology company, Chess Dynamics, has entered a strategic partnership with defence procurement company, High-Tech AJ, to provide Thailand’s defence industry with access to innovative defence technology in the land and maritime domains.

The new partnership will see Chess Dynamics’ surveillance and fire control solutions marketed exclusively in Thailand by High-Tech AJ as an official distributor.

Chess provides high-performance and scalable systems that deliver advanced situational awareness and fire control for operators in demanding environments. The new partnership will make Chess’ leading Hawkeye land solution and Sea Eagle maritime range directly available to the Royal Thai Armed Forces for the first time.

Chess Dynamics concentrates on surveillance, accurate targeting multi sensor systems as well as air defence applications. Chess Dynamics’ new electro-optical surveillance system provides four-dimensional oversight with its layered integration of different, modular systems.

Speaking with Airforce Technology, Dave Eldridge, sales and marketing director at Chess Dynamics, stated: “The key thing from the Chess perspective is the modularity of the system. So you can have a range of vehicles that have different roles.

“They can be fitted with different sensors, spectral bands, thermal cameras, laser pointers – all those features.”

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Thailand as a strategic Indo-Pacific ally

David Tuddenham, Chess Group managing director, said: “We strongly believe that defence leaders across the world should have access to the very best technologies and engineering excellence and we’re delighted to have found the ideal partner to bring our solutions directly to the Thai market.”

With tensions increasing across the Indo-Pacific, Thailand is best-placed to forge relations with Euro-Atlantic countries that are currently mobilising and reaching out to support new strategic allies in this region.

“The security and prosperity of the Euro-Atlantic will remain our core priority, bolstered by a reinvigoration of our European relationships.

“But that cannot be separated from our wider neighbourhood on the periphery of our continent and a free and open Indo-Pacific. We will deepen relationships, support sustainable development and poverty alleviation, and tackle shared challenges including climate change,” the UK Integrated Review Refresh states.

“Chess has been operating for 30 years and, in that time, we have developed class leading fire control, targeting and surveillance solutions that deliver advanced capabilities to armed forces around the world,” Tuddenham added.

These new solutions will equip Thailand’s Armed Forces with critical technologies that will prove useful to efforts to preserve a free and open Indo-Pacific from a highly strategic location.