The Singapore Ministry of Defence (MoD) has commissioned new protected combat support vehicles (PCSV) to enhance Singapore Armed Forces’ (SAF) precision manoeuvre capabilities.
The commissioning of the Belrex PCSVs is in line with the army’s motorisation efforts and the SAF’s transformation into an integrated third-generation fighting force.
Developed by Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and Singapore Technologies Kinetics (ST Kinetics), the vehicles provide combat support forces with enhanced firepower, protection and situational awareness, the MoD said in a statement.
Second Minister for Defence Ong Ye Kung said: “With the Belrex platform, our infantry forces will be more effective, and can better adapt to the changing nature of the modern battlefield.”
The vehicle is fitted with command, control, communications and computer (C4) systems to facilitate efficient information exchange via the Army Battlefield Internet.
Kung said that the full suite of C4 systems on-board allows the Belrex PCSV to be ‘linked to army headquarters and their fighting forces, and further enhance the SAF’s networked and integrated fighting force.’
Prior to the Belrex PCSV, the Peacekeeper Protected Response Vehicle and Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicle were launched as part of the army’s ongoing transformation project.
Image: Second Minister for Defence Mr Ong Ye Kung during the commissioning of the Belrex PCSV. Photo: courtesy of Government of Singapore.