According to the Vietnamese resource baodatviet.vn, at the end of 2017, the LAO PSTV television channel of the Ministry of Defense of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao People's Democratic Republic) demonstrated the modern 122-mm self-propelled CS/SH1 howitzer mounted on the 6x6 wheeled chassis. These systems are an export version of the SPH PCL09 manufactured by the China Corporation China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) for the People's Liberation Army of China (PLA) since 2010. Laos became the first known foreign customer for SPH CS/SH1.
It is also reported that the Minister of Defense of Laos, Tiansamon Tiannalat, visited Russia in early April 2018, visiting, in particular, the JSC 61 Armored Repair Plant in Strelna (St. Petersburg). There, the Laotian Minister was shown a sample of the T-72B tank in a modernized version (known as the "White Eagle") previously delivered to Nicaragua. This visit to the plant in Strelna clearly indicated the interest of Laos to tanks in this version of modernization.