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Singapore Airshow 2024: Terrex s5 to receive MUM-T capabilities

The Terrex s5 infantry fighting vehicle is likely to incorporate a small unmanned aerial vehicle as a MUM-T capability to assist with waypoint navigation. (Janes/Akhil Kadidal/ST Engineering)

A range of manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) capabilities are being planned for Singapore's recently unveiled Terrex s5 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).

The Terrex is an 8ร—8 IFV with six distinct operational roles such as a troop carrier, command vehicle, anti-tank guided-missile (ATGM) vehicle, fire-support vehicle, mortar vehicle, and an amphibious assault vehicle, according to information published by ST Engineering. The vehicle was unveiled during Singapore Airshow 2024, which is being held from 20 to 25 February.

An ST Engineering spokesperson told Janes during the show that a range of MUM-T capabilities will be added to the IFV. These include the integration of a capability to co-ordinate with autonomously operating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and the new Taurus unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), which was also unveiled for the first time at the show.

โ€œTests have been conducted for autonomous operations after the Terrex s5 programme began two to three years ago,โ€ the spokesperson said, adding that the IFV is being subject to multiple MUM-T-type mission scenario testing.

This includes an initial concept where the IFV would be equipped with an inbuilt station to launch a small UAV for waypoint assistance. During the airshow, ST Engineering displayed the Terrex s5 affixed with a commercially available UAV.

โ€œWe are not yet sure if we will develop a new UAV for this role as it could be viable to use a commercial off-the-shelf procurement for this capability,โ€ the spokesperson said.

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