Singapore unveils next-generation AFV

Singapore unveils next-generation AFV 1 July, 2016

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has received the final prototype of a 29 tonne Next Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) which is intended to replace the army's ageing M113A2 Ultra armoured personnel carrier (APC) fleet, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced during his annual press conference for SAF Day.


The New Generation AFV - has been under development by the country's Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) in partnership with Singapore Technologies (ST) since 2006 and is expected to be commissioned into the army's armoured corps by 2019 to operate alongside the in-service ST Kinetics Bionix and Bionix II tracked infantry fighting vehicles.


According to specifications released by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), the New Generation AFV measures 6.9 m long, 3.28 m wide, and has an overall height of 3.2 m. It will be crewed by three personnel comprising the driver, gunner, and vehicle commander with provision for up to eight fully equipped dismounts.

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