- Singapore has officially commissioned the Protected Combat Support Vehicle
- Platform provides the Singapore Army's motorised infantry units with an armoured logistics capability
The Singapore Army has formally inducted a 20-tonne four-wheel drive platform known as the Belrex Protected Combat Support Vehicle (PCSV).
The platform was commissioned on 25 November in a ceremony presided over by the country's second minister for defence, Ong Ye Kung, at a Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) live firing area in the western part of the island.
The PCSV has been conceived as a mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) support platform for the Singapore Army's motorised infantry combat units and is based on the South African Paramount Marauder design.
The vehicle can accommodate a crew of two and up to eight personnel in its rear compartment, which can also be configured for a range of missions due to its modular design.
Featuring a power-to-weight ratio of 14.8 hp/t, the PCSV can attain a top speed of 110 km/h and a maximum range of 600 km, according to specifications released by the Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF).
The platform can clear vertical steps of up to 0.4 m in height, trenches of up to 0.95 m in depth, and slopes of up to 60%. The PCSV self-defence capability is provided by a 7.62 mm machine gun in a roof-mounted remote-controlled weapon station.
The vehicle is also equipped with an onboard C4 suite that supports high-speed voice and data communications with the SAF's Army Battlefield Internet (ABI), allowing it to interface with other connected battlefield assets such as the 8x8 Terrex infantry carrier vehicles (ICVs).
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