Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has commissioned the first motorised infantry battalion (2 SIR), marking a major milestone in the Singapore Armed Force’s (Saf) transformation into a third-generation fighting force.

2 SIR will operate the Terrex infantry carrier vehicle, which provides infantry forces with enhanced protection, mobility and firepower as well as network capability to soldiers to connect to other air and land weapon platforms.

Singaporean Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen said the SAF’s strength would be displayed in its ability to network an array of systems and capabilities.

“The network allows the SAF to create an overall fighting system that is flexible and more responsive to the complex demands of the modern battlefield,” he added.

Currently, SAF has 90 Terrex vehicles, with another batch of 45 eight-wheelers due for delivery.