Singapore commissions Peacekeeper Protected Response Vehicle

7:33:00 PM
SINGAPORE, -- As part of ongoing modernisation efforts centred on automation and mobility enhancements, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) on 8 July commissioned a new 6x6 protected mobility vehicle that is designed for island-defence operations.

The Peacekeeper Protected Response Vehicle (PRV), which is based on Renault Trucks Defense's Higuard mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) platform, was commissioned by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen at a 50th anniversary parade organised by the 2nd People's Defence Force (2PDF) Command at the western Clementi Camp.

Ng noted in his address that the induction of the Peacekeeper was a significant capability enhancement for 2PDF - also known as the Island Defence Task Force - which is operating an ageing fleet of 4x4 Commando V200 armoured personnel carriers (APCs). The V200 platforms have been in service with the Singapore Army since 1970 and are planned to be phased out in 2016.

IHS Jane's understands that 40 Peacekeeper PRVs have been acquired for the SAF, although details of the delivery schedule were not disclosed. At least seven vehicles were showcased in dynamic and static displays at Clementi Camp during the parade.

"We mark another milestone in growing new capabilities for 2PDF Command by commissioning the PRVs, named the Peacekeeper, which will provide better means for 2PDF Command to keep Singapore's key installations and facilities safe," said Ng. "The current threats from extremist groups like the [Islamic State] and [Islamic State]-inspired lone-wolf attacks are clear and present, and [have] affected all countries globally…2PDF Command must therefore continue to update its doctrine, tactics, and equipment to meet these new challenges."

The Peacekeeper PRV has been customised by the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) to meet the SAF's requirements. The vehicle - which accommodates 12 personnel including a driver, vehicle commander, and 10 dismounts - measures 7.28 m long, 2.65 m wide, and 3.53 m tall (with roof weapon installed). Weighing 21.5 tonnes at full load, it is capable of achieving a maximum road speed of 90 km/h.

In terms of armaments, the Peacekeeper PRV is equipped with a roof-mounted RCWS that is compatible with one of the three weapons depending on mission requirements: a 7.62 mm machine gun, a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun, or a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher. The RCWS, which is operated by the vehicle commander, also features a daylight TV camera and infrared (IR) imager as well as a laser-rangefinder that enables the vehicle to engage targets up to a maximum range of 600 m.

Besides enhanced ballistic protection for troops, the new vehicles also incorporate a host of safety features, including a rear-mounted video camera that offers the driver increased situational awareness, as well as a vehicle fire suppression system in the engine and passenger compartments.

The Singapore Armed Forces new Peacekeeper 6x6 Protected Response Vehicle.

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