Sea Platforms

Update: Singapore’s new stealth combatant craft breaks cover

18 December 2018

Key Points

  • The Singapore Armed Forces is testing a stealthy new combatant craft that appears to be optimised for special operations
  • The combatant craft could be a replacement for the Singapore Army’s Very Slender Vessel (VSV)

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is quietly testing a stealthy new high-speed combatant craft that appears to be designed specifically for commando infiltration/extraction and special operations, according to open source imagery reviewed by Jane’s in early December.

The images depict a light gray, twin-step planing monohull watercraft – evidently designed to optimise efficiency and stability at high speeds – with a length and beam of approximately 18 m and 4 m respectively, featuring a low-profile but fully enclosed crew cabin with the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) ensign painted amidships on the port and starboard sides, and an open aft-working deck.

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