New Protected Combat Support Vehicles Enhances the Army's Precision Manoeuvre Capabilities
(Source: Singapore Ministry of Defence; issued Nov 25, 2016)
Developed by Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and Singapore Technologies Kinetics (ST Kinetics) Ltd, the Belrex Protected Combat Support Vehicle will equip Singapore’s motorized infantry units. (S’Pore MoD photo)
Second Minister for Defence 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.

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Fact Sheet: SAF's Protected Combat Support Vehicle: Improved Payload, Battlefield Survivability and Information Exchange
(Source: Singapore Ministry of Defence; issued Nov 25, 2016)
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has acquired a suite of protected vehicles for the motorised infantry forces. Called the Protected Combat Support Vehicle (PCSV), the new vehicles will provide our motorised infantry combat support and combat service support forces with improved firepower, protection and situational awareness to enhance their survivability. The PCSV will be commissioned by 2017.

The key features of the PCSV include:

-- Increased Payload.
The protected vehicles can carry a payload of up to 4,000kg. This allows the PCSV to be configured to carry modular load such as mortar systems, battalion casualty stations and combat supplies for different combat support and combat service support functions.

-- Stronger Firepower.
The protected vehicles are equipped with a 7.62mm Remote Machine Gun, which is operated from within the cabin, thereby protecting soldiers who are operating the weapon from exposure to hostile fires.

-- Better Protection.
The vehicles have ballistic and mine protection features to protect soldiers and to fulfil operational requirements.

-- Enhanced Situational Awareness and Coordination.
The onboard C4 (Command, Control, Communications and Computers) suite of systems allow rapid information exchange with all friendly forces, increasing command and control and survivability on the battlefield. The recently commissioned Army Battlefield Internet will allow the Protected Combat Support Vehicles and Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles to operate on a common network, enabling the SAF's motorised infantry forces to fight together in an integrated manner.


(Source: Singapore Ministry of Defence)


Variants of the Belrex PCSV

With ten variants, the Belrex PCSV can be configured for a wide range of missions to provide close proximity support to the infantry forces. The ten variants are: (1) combat engineer, (2) fuel, (3) logistics, (4) maintenance, (5) medical, (6) mortar, (7) mortar ammunition carrier, (8) security, (9) signal, and (10) reconnaissance.

Each variant is customised with different features to fulfil the different roles, with seating capacities varying from four to ten (including vehicle commander and driver). For instance, the logistics variants are equipped with shelves to carry stores to resupply the combat forces and as a result, have smaller cabins to accommodate the larger rear cargo area; the signal variants are equipped with antenna mast to establish communication links.

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