Second Minister for Defence of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Mr. Ong Ye Kung officiated at a ceremony to mark the commissioning of the Belrex Protected Combat Support Vehicle (PCSV) at the SAFTI Live Firing Area this afternoon.
Mr. Ong lauded the commissioning of the Belrex PCSV as a significant milestone in the Army’s motorisation efforts and the Singapore Armed Forces’ (SAF’s) transformation into an integrated third generation fighting force. He said, «The Belrex PCSV is more agile, versatile, offers stronger fire power, better protection, and greater situational awareness. With the Belrex platform, our infantry forces will be more effective, and can better adapt to the changing nature of the modern battlefield». Mr. Ong also noted that the full suite of C4 systems on board allows the Belrex PCSV to be «linked to Army Headquarters and their fighting forces, and further enhance the SAF’s networked and integrated fighting force. The Belrex platform is the proud creation of Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and Singapore Technologies Kinetics (ST Kinetics) Ltd, and demonstrates our indigenous capability». Mr. Ong also underscored the professionalism and unwavering commitment of our servicemen, which has remained key to the successful realisation of this new capability.
The Belrex PCSV provides the SAF’s motorised infantry combat support and combat service support forces with improved firepower, protection and situational awareness, thereby enhancing the SAF’s precision manoeuvre capabilities. It is equipped with a C4 (command, control, communications and computer) suite of systems to facilitate efficient information exchange via the Army Battlefield Internet, and enables the SAF’s motorised infantry forces to fight together in an integrated manner. The introduction of the Belrex PCSV follows that of other platforms such as the Peacekeeper Protected Response Vehicle and Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicle, as part of the Army’s ongoing Third Generation transformation efforts.
Also present at the ceremony were Chief of Army Major-General Melvyn Ong, senior officers from the SAF, and senior officials from the DSTA.
|NUMBER OF CREW|
|Operating of Platform||2|
|Cabin||Up to 8|
|Length||23.78 feet/7.25 m|
|Width||8.53 feet/2.60 m|
|Height||9.02 feet/2.75 m|
|Weight||44,092.5 lbs/20 tons|
|Power to Weight Ratio||14.8 hp/ton|
|Maximum Speed||68 mph/110 km/h|
|Range||373 miles/600 km|
|Vertical Step Clearance||15.7 inch/0.40 m|
|Trench Clearance||37.4 inch/0.95 m|
|Maximum Front Slope||60%|