Singapore unveils Renault Trucks Defense Higuard MRAP armoured vehicles

9:43:00 AM
SINGAPORE, -- During a military parade rehearsal held on June 28, Singapore unveils new 6x6 armoured vehicles. The Army of Singapore studied a project for replacement of its old V200 4x4 armoured vehicle personnel carrier with the new Protected Response Vehicle (PRV). It seems Singapore has opted for the Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) Higuard solutions.

The security threats the Republic of Singapore is facing is constantly evolving - which is why the Singapore Armed Forces must constantly "remake itself" to ensure it is able to nullify the evolving threats the Republic could face, said Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen.

"The SAF will further leverage new technologies to respond to security challenges both externally and internally. New units for cyber defence are being raised. Better capabilities using infocomm technology, robotics and artificial intelligence are in the pipe-line for testing and integration into existing systems." added Dr Ng Eng Hen.

The V-200 is a 4x4 armoured vehicle which was designed and manufactured by the American Company Cadillac Gage based on the V-100 Commando. First batch of V-200 vehicles were delivered to Singapore in July 1970.

The V-200 was sold only to Singapore and is no longer being produced. Versions of the V-200 used by Singapore include: anti-aircraft, with the Swedish SAAB Bofors Dynamics RBS 70 surface-to-air missile system; recovery, fitted with an A-frame at the front of the hull; fire support, fitted with a two-man turret armed with a 90mm MECAR gun with 7.62mm coaxial and 7.62mm anti-aircraft machine guns; and APC, fitted with a two-man turret armed with a 20mm Oerlikon Contraves cannon, 7.62mm coaxial and 7.62mm anti-aircraft machine guns.

Renault Trucks Defense’s HIGUARD (MRAP) combines the excellent off-road mobility of the Sherpa Medium 6x6 tactical vehicle with the very high level of protection of its specially armoured cab (ballistic, mine and IED protection).

The HIGUARD (MRAP) is ideally suited for tactical missions such as troop transport in asymmetric combat areas. Its large volume and payload accommodates up to 12 soldiers with their equipments. The HIGUARD (MRAP) is also fitted for a roof mounted weapon system. Singapore Higuard seems to be fitted with a 7.62mm remote controle weapon system. Some might be equipped with 12.7mm heavy machine guns or with 40mm grenade launchers.

The Singapore Armed Forces Cadillac Gage V-200 Commando and Renault Higuard 6x6 Protected Response Vehicle.

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