Singapore unveils next-generation AFV
The Singapore Armed Forces has received its first prototype of the Next Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV), which is destined to replace the handful of M113 Ultra vehicles that the army still operates.
Jointly developed by the Defence Science Technology Agency (DSTA) and ST Kinetics, the AFV programme started in 2006 and the new platform is expected to be commissioned by 2019.
A crew of three operates the AFV, with up to eight dismounted troops accommodated in the rear. Organic armoured infantry will be able to network with the vehicle through a voice and data link, and via the Army Battlefield Internet.
‘We designed the Next Generation AFV to be soldier-centric and improve their effectiveness, and ensure the army is ready for future battlefield requirements,’ said Maj Chee Hong Yi, a staff officer in the HQ Armour Systems Project Office from 2014-2015.
Weighing 29t, it is 6.9m long and 3.28m wide. This means it is bigger than the Bionix II with which it will operate in tandem. According to a Ministry of Defence factsheet, the AFV has a power-to-weight ratio of 24.5hp/t, enabling a top speed of 70km/h and operating range of 500km.
A remote-controlled turret houses a stabilised 30mm Bushmaster cannon and a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun. Like the Terrex, the AFV features cameras around the hull for heightened 360º situational awareness for the crew and embarked infantry.
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