Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) and South Africa’s Paramount Group have signed an agreement to collaborate on marketing the Belrex family of 4x4 military vehicles to global defence markets.
ST Engineering said on 19 September that the agreement applies to 10 variants of the Belrex Protected Combat Support Vehicle (PCSV), which is based on Paramount’s Marauder mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) platform. The Singapore Army inducted the 20-tonne Belrex into its motorised infantry combat units in November 2016.
Under the new agreement, ST Engineering will collaborate with the Paramount Group to showcase and promote the family of Belrex PCSVs at key international defence exhibitions. The launch of the family of vehicles was held at the biennial Africa Aerospace and Defence 2018 exhibition in South Africa, which runs 19–23 September.
Tung Yui Fai, president of defence business at ST Engineering’s Land Systems division, said, “We believe the Belrex protected vehicle, with its variants, will be a key asset to armed forces and paramilitary, offering protected mobility transport for combat and non-combat operational requirements.”
ST Engineering said the 10 variants of the Belrex include security, engineer, reconnaissance, logistics, fuel, mortar, medical, signal, maintenance, and mortar ammunition carrier.
It added that the base platform, which can be configured for a range of missions due to its modular design, comes in three basic crew compartment sizes: 4, 8, and 10. The vehicle has provisions for a suite of C4 systems and can be deployed in peacekeeping roles in conflict areas and other paramilitary roles.
Jane’s has previously reported that the vehicle features a power-to-weight ratio of 14.8 hp/t and can attain a top speed of 110 km/h and a maximum range of 600 km. The platform can clear vertical steps of up to 0.4 m high, trenches of up to 0.95 m deep, and slopes of up to 60%.
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