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Singapore outlines next-generation armed forces in latest transformation roadmap

05 March 2019
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Key Points

  • Singapore’s defence minister outlined the latest acquisition plans for the Singapore Armed Forces during a parliamentary speech held on 1 March
  • The Singapore Armed Forces will replace many of their existing land, air, and sea platforms by 2030.

Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen has outlined the latest iteration of the Singapore Armed Forces’ (SAF’s) capability transformation roadmap, which lays out plans to introduce new capabilities that will underpin the country’s defence from 2030 onwards on the back of a record SGD15.5 billion (USD11.44 billion) defence budget set aside for financial year 2019.

An official infographic detailing some of the Singapore Armed Forces' future platforms in the 2030 timeframe. (MINDEF)An official infographic detailing some of the Singapore Armed Forces' future platforms in the 2030 timeframe. (MINDEF)

Speaking at the Committee of Supply Debate in parliament on 1 March, Ng said the Singapore Army will begin receiving its Next Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle (NGAFV), which is under production by Singapore Technologies Engineering Land Systems, during this year.

The new vehicles will replace the service’s ageing M113A2 Ultra armoured personnel carriers (APCs), which are becoming increasingly obsolescent despite several upgrades, and operate alongside the tracked Bionix infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs).

“For the army, the [NGAFV] will replace our M113 Ultras as the mainstay of the SAF's mechanised forces from this year onward,” he noted. “Singaporeans will see them soon on our roads at this year’s National Day Parade [in August].”

He added that the NGAFV will be accompanied by the Next Generation Howitzer: a self-propelled 155 mm/52-calibre weapon system that will offer a higher rate of firepower and reduced manpower requirements over the army’s current towed Field Howitzer 2000 (FH2000). Although no further details of the new system were offered, the accompanying infographic depicts a silhouette that closely aligns with ST Engineering Land Systems’ 8×8 Advanced Mobile Gun Systems (AMGS) design, which the company has been marketing for several years.

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