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Old April 6th, 2012   #76
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The last time I posted in this thread was 2 years ago and due to word limitations (per post), I have had to split this Terrex update into 2 posts.

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September 12, 2009: Singapore is buying 135 Terrex Infantry Combat vehicles (ICV). The first infantry units will receive them in February 2010. The 25 ton Terrex is optimized for urban environments. The U.S. Army’s use of the Stryker ICV and its success on the battlefield influenced the selection of Terrex, and subsequent modifications.

Costing $1.5 million each, the vehicle is externally similar to the Stryker, with 8 wheels and a remote controlled weapons turret atop the hull. The hull has a V shape for mine protection. The vehicle is 7 meters long (22.96 feet), 2.7 meters wide (8.85 feet), and 2.1 meters high (6.88 feet). The vehicle carries 13 soldiers and 2 crewmen (driver and commander), in its armored personnel carrier (APC) role... More ballistic protection is available in the form of bolt on or welded armor (slat, cage type), which is fitted alongside the hull for defense against Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG’s)... Top speed is 110 kilometers per hour with a range of 800 kilometers. The vehicle is amphibious, using water jets mounted on either side of the rear hull to propels the vehicle at 10 kilometers per hour in the water.

Electronics a Battlefield Management System (BMS) which permits full awareness of a battlespace providing sharable information to other vehicles or soldiers. A Weapon Detection System (WDS) is provided to spot enemy fire. All information is displayed on colored screens in the commander’s position just aft of the driver...

-- Mike Perry
The 135 intial Terrex order will enable Singapore to equip 3 infantry battalions and there are 7 variants in the 135 vehicle order:

(i) troop carrier,
(ii) command post,
(iii) pioneer (or armoured engineer) vehicle,
(iv) armoured ambulance,
(v) ATGM,
(vi) STORM (strike observer mission), and
(vii) RSTA (recce, surveillance, target acquisition).

This purchase will enable each of these 3G infantry battalions to get 45 of their own Terrexs. This looks to me as if Singapore is moving towards motorised infantry and seems to be following the US BCT concept closely. The Terrex is equipped with a 40mm/7.62mm RWS and there's also a 12.7mm HMG version. Here's another video from the recent Army Open House (AOH)...

I like the fact that they have integrated a weapons location system that automatically turns the RWS to the approximate direction of the enemy firng...
The Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC) is a wheeled armored personnel carrier under development for acquisition by the US Marine Corps. The MPC is a new capability that will be a multi-wheeled, armored personnel carrier designed to operate across the range of military operations but focused on an irregular warfare operating environment characterized by operations in constrained and urban terrain.

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LM Havoc, BAE Super AV, Piranha III and MPC contest....quiet before the storm.

2. The Iveco Super AV 8x8 (built with BAE) remains a mystery. I found out that its being developed at the BAE facility in Ontario, CA. Nothing to be found on either the BAE or Iveco website on this vehicle though. That's really different from the way that BAE has operated in the past. They were once the 500 pound gorilla in the room and didn't care who knew what about whatever they were developing. I take this as an indication of how serious these competitions have become. Paychecks and jobs are on the line and its no laughing matter.
3. The Lockheed Martin/Patria Havoc has some fans in the Marine Corps. The AAV crewmen that got a chance to work up the vehicle in Pendleton are extremely pleased with it. Full disclosure, I'm a fan of the AMV and the Havoc model seems to build on that success.
4. Another potential competitor that's missing in action is General Dynamics. I fully expect them to offer a Piranha model (Stryker lite) but information on what they're working on is also embargoed. This is the dark horse in the competition in my opinion. But the Piranha III is in service with the Spanish and Brazilian Marine Corps (just to name two of the customers) and is used in much the same way I see the USMC using it. Amphibious operations second, troop mobility first.
The requirements for the MPC programme includes:-

(i) water performance demonstration: able to swim at 6 knots (6.9 mph) in calm seas, handle wave heights of up to 2 feet and plunging surf of 4 feet;
(ii) item (i) above also includes a long list of personnel and vehicle safety equipment that is USCG approved;
(iii) able to use JP8 (optional);
(iv) human factors engineering: in terms of motion and space (stowage) that includes the ability of two (2) MPCs (each with a crew of three (3) Marines) to carry up to seventeen (17) Marines with two (2) days of supplies;
(v) item (iv) includes space for a 33 lbs US Government supplied "Motion Pak" (L:12.75 in x W:11.25 in x H:11 in) during testing to measure CG and other motion requirements; and
(vi) survivability demonstration against direct fire, indirect fire, direct blast and indirect blast on 2 demonstrators.

Competitors (h/t to SNAFU)
1. IVECO Defence Vehicles teamed with BAE Systems Global Combat Systems, offering its SUPERAV 8x8 amphibious APC.

2. Lockheed Martin teamed up with Patria to offer the Havoc.

3. ST Kinetics and Science Applications International Corporation teamed up to offer the Terrex

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Click to see a pix of the Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles from the SAF participating in Exercise Kocha Singa 2012. Thai video of Exercise Kocha Singa 2012 (with the Terrex in action supported by Thai attack helicopters and armour including BRT-3E1s, M-113A5s and M-109A5s):-

Kocha Singha 2012 Video 1 - YouTube

Kocha Singha 2012 Video 2 - YouTube

h/t to SiamAirForce for the video links
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March 23, 2012 Singapore | ST Kinetics, the land systems arm of ST Engineering, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) today announced they will team for the upcoming U.S. Marine Corps Marine Personnel Carrier programme. For more info on ST Kinetics offering in the MPC Programme, see the link to the ST Press Release. This news was also reported in defpro: ST Kinetics and SAIC Team For Marine Personnel Carrier Programme and in Naval Technology: ST Kinetics teams with SAIC for USMC MPC programme.

“We are proud to field ST Kinetics’ TERREX as the basis for our team’s offering for the USMC MPC programme. We are confident that the advanced design of the TERREX, particularly in the areas of survivability and crew habitability, will underpin an effective and affordable solution usable by the US Marines in a myriad of tough environments.” ~ Patrick CHOY, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, ST Kinetics

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I personally feel that with the news that the Terrex 8x8 is now in the field that this is a two vehicle race.

The Terrex vs. the Havoc (AMV)

The Havoc is proven world wide, has a substantial following and is supported by the largest defense manufacturer in the US.

Its also been in the hands of Marines who have given it rave reviews.

The Terrex is a son of Singapore. Its technologically advanced and if the Marine Corps follows the US Army in networking its forces (which would make nothing but sense) then the network capable Terrex would seem to hold an edge.
(1) The Terrex represents the motorisation of Singapore's infantry in our forward deployable combined arms divisions. There are 3 combined arms divisions:- 3rd Division, 6th Dvision and 9th Division, a rapid deployment division (or the 21st Division - Commanded by the Chief Guards Officer) and an armoured division (the 25th Division - commanded by the Chief Armour Officer). For Singapore, Guards are the closest thing we have to the US Marines. The infantry in all the above divisions will be trained to use the Terrex (but not all units will be equipped with the Terrex). The Terrex have certain specific roles in our forward defence plans and they are also swim capable.
(2) We also have armoured infantry with the Bionix II IFV and the Leopard 2s from the 25th Division. BTW, in 2001 Singapore’s Bionix entered the US Army’s competition for a new ICV but it lost to the Stryker ICV in the end because the US army wanted a wheeled solution.
(3) The Bionix II and the Terrex have different roles and are operated by different types of units.
(4) The Terrex may also be useful in peacekeeping and have been configured for urban warfare with an acoustic gunfire/weapon detection system (the Terrex is very silent compared to a tracked vehicle and comes with a Dual Weapon Station).
(5) Singapore's artillery trainers in Kabul, Afghanistan are currently using MRAPS (MaxxPro Dash).

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Terrex as a US Marine Personnel Carrier?
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For those unfamiliar, the British needed a new vehicle that could carry lots of troops, go off-road to spring a nasty surprise on Taliban attackers and survive IED strikes that plague Afghanistan... A request was made for a vehicle that could be as nimble as the Viking, but much more protected. STK's Bronco won the contract, and with upgrades being made, the vehicle is now reborn as the Warthog, used by the British military to turn the tables against the Taliban. STK has got the experience in creating something that's defensively sound, and hopefully that will translate onto the Terrex as it also vies for a spot to be chosen by the US Marines as the new MPC.
ST Kinetics displayed the RSTA variant of the Terrex at the Singapore Airshow 2012. The vehicle is based on the operational Terrex, fitted with a number of new systems supporting intelligence gathering and target acquisition missions. Included in this Terrex variant is the MINI-T, a stabilised electro-optical payload provided by STELOP. The payload is mounted on a telescopic mast, providing the vehicle an efficient capability to observe the area from concealed positions. The MINI-T packs a day camera, cooled thermal imager, a laser rangefinder and laser pointer in a stabilized 22kg payload. See pix by Tamir Eshel, from Defense-Update.
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In 2008, Thailand ordered an Endurance Class vessel for S$200 million {with two 23m Landing Craft Mechanised and two 13m Landing Craft Vehicle and Personnel}. On 3 April 2012, ST Marine held a ceremony for preliminary acceptance and delivery of the 141m Landing Platform Dock (LPD), which it designed and built for Royal Thai Navy at its Benoi yard (See pixs here and here, h/t to SiamAirForce for the pix links).

RTN LPD Launching Ceremony - YouTube

The delivery ceremony for LPD-791, H.T.M.A.S. Ang-Thong was graced by Admiral Surasak Rounroengrom, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy, and His Excellency Mr Marut Jitpatima, Ambassador of Thailand to Singapore.

The design of the LPD is proprietary to ST Marine and is based on its Endurance Class of LPDs. The design is proven by the four 141m Landing Ship Tanks (LSTs) that ST Marine built for the Republic of Singapore Navy. The LSTs have been deployed successfully on many occasions to provide peacekeeping duties in the Gulf, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts during the 2004 Indonesian tsunami and more recently as part of the international anti-piracy Combined Task Force in the Gulf of Aden.

With a displacement of about 7600 tonnes, LPD-791 has a well-dock with a stern as well as a side ramp designed for expedient embarkation and disembarkation of equipment and personnel. This versatile vessel is capable of supporting myriad missions, ranging from sea transportation, naval support operations, civil search and rescue to disaster relief missions. To support these missions, its heli-deck can support two medium-sized helicopters of about 10-tonnes each (or 1 CH-47). LPD-791 can transport 19 AAVs or 15 Trucks/Trailers, 2 LCVPs and 2-4 SH-60B/MH-60S or 1 CH-47.

In May 2012, Terma is to deliver a command and control system for the Royal Thai Navy’s new LPD-791. The delivery includes the C-Flex combat management system, a SCANTER 4100 air and surface surveillance radar, and the C-Fire gun fire control system. LPD-791 was launched in Singapore in February 2011, and the ceremony for the handover to the Royal Thai Navy has taken place.
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March 23, 2012 Singapore | ST Kinetics, the land systems arm of ST Engineering, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) today announced they will team for the upcoming U.S. Marine Corps Marine Personnel Carrier programme.

Poor SAIC - lost any chances to get the contract for the GCV programme and now trying to get things done with the Terrex. The Terrex might be nice, but it is having two problems:
1.) It is no American product (which is the main reasons for the U.S. to reject defence products)
2.) It is not over-the-top. Other APCs offer similar (and in some areas even better) performance. Patria AMV or SEP are more probable candidates for winning.
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19 July 2012 -- ST Marine has signed an agreement with Thales Nederland for the supply of sensors and a combat management system for installation onboard the Royal Navy of Oman's (RNO) four Al-Ofouq-class patrol vessels, which are currently under construction. The Oman Ministry of Defence previously awarded a $699.4m contract to ST Marine for the construction of four Al-Ofouq-class patrol vessels for the RNO (to replace the existing Al Bushra class patrol vessels), and also included options for associated logistic support. In addition to Tacticos combat management system (CMS) and the Variant surveillance radar, Thales will provide the STIR 1.2 EO Mk2 radar E/O tracking system and the ESM system for the Omani patrol boats.

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26 Sep 2012 -- Singapore Minister for Defence meets Omani leaders in Muscat

Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen is visiting the Sultanate of Oman from 26 to 28 Sep 2012. While in Oman, he called on Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers, His Highness Sayyid Fahd Bin Mahmoud Al-Said. He also met with Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs, His Excellency Sayyid Badr Bin Saud Al-Busaidi. During the meetings, both sides reaffirmed the warm and friendly bilateral relations between Singapore and the Sultanate of Oman. Dr Ng also conveyed Singapore's appreciation for the Omani government's support in facilitating port calls at Omani ports by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) task group deployed in the Gulf of Aden...

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In other Oman related news and on 15 January 2013, ST Aerospace secured a contract to provide the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) with a full scale maintenance and modernisation solution for three of its C130 Hercules aircraft. Under the modernisation programme, ST Aerospace will equip RAFO’s fleet of C130 aircraft with an avionics suite that is Global Air Traffic Management compliant.

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15 Jan 2013 -- Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman calls on Singapore Minister for Defence

The Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman, Rear-Admiral (RADM) Abdullah bin Khamis bin Abdullah Al Raisi, called on Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen at the Ministry of Defence this morning. RADM Abdullah bin Khamis, who is on an introductory visit to Singapore from 14 to 16 Jan 2013, also called on the Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Neo Kian Hong and Chief of Navy RADM Ng Chee Peng earlier today. RADM Abdullah bin Khamis’ visit underscores the warm and friendly defence relations between Singapore and Oman. Oman has provided support for the Singapore Armed Forces’ task groups deployed to the Gulf of Aden for counter-piracy operations under the ambit of Combined Task Force-151...

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ST Kinetics in trials in Canada: BRONCO New Gen new all terrain tracked carrier ST Kinetics Singapore defense industry - YouTube

The new Bronco New-Gen combines the mobility of the lighter Bronco with the proven high survivability of the heavier Warthog. This new video touts a new internal layout, a v-shaped hull and numerous other improvements.

In April 2014, Singapore’s Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen offered Changi Command and Control (C2) Centre to host a regional Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) coordination centre. The offer, made at the ASEAN-US Defence Ministers' informal meeting, was supported by ASEAN Ministers. Singapore's Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen said:
"It occurred to us that what we really needed was a centre - if you like, a command and control centre - that was stood up all the time (and) had the ability to input all the information that various agencies would bring to bear when such crises occurred and make a coherent picture for everyone to see."
Speaking to the media ahead of SAF Day, Dr Ng said the recent Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines underlined the need for a Joint-Multi-Mission Ship (JMMS). On the JMMS he said:
"A larger JMMS would be able to carry more helicopters or have more helicopters operating. When we responded to Typhoon Haiyan...basically, the typhoon was so devastating that comms and communication were knocked out. There was no centralised ability for command and control of the airspace. In that context, a ship like the JMMS would have been very useful."
Dr Ng said Singapore is also working out the mechanics to be the region's coordinating centre for Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief efforts. However, the centre should not simply respond when a crisis hits, he said. Instead, it should build networks – similar to United Nations agencies and voluntary welfare organisations – and pre-position them so that countries know where these resources are. There will also be some equipping changes for last mile delivery by the Singapore Army, which I would assume means having a more capable watercraft than the existing LARC V. In February 2014, the following was announced:-
See also Humdinga Demo in Singapore: http://youtu.be/WKLaVvUyrDY

"Graham Jenkins, public relations and marketing director for Gibbs Amphibians, said that initially, ST Kinetic, also known as STK, will also have the opportunity to sell the Humdinga throughout the world. Gibbs is working on licensing agreements for the Humdinga with companies in other regions of the globe. The Humdinga is a 21.5-foot, four-wheel-drive fast amphibian that is capable of reaching the most challenging and remote terrain in the world. It is designed for use in flooded areas where it’s ability to go between dry areas, moderately flooded areas and deep water... The four-wheel-drive Humdinga is 21.5 feet long... “The government (customers of STK) are very interested in getting a vehicle to handle those kinds of conditions,” Jenkns said

STK is licensing Gibbs High Speed Amphibian technology, which includes its retractable suspension system, proprietary jet design as well as other design characteristics such as the hull shape that allows Gibbs’ vehicles to make have a shallow keel, which improves ground clearance on land. STK will also be able to use the Humdinga name, but it has not been decided whether it would carry the Gibbs or STK name. The Gibbs Humdinga is capable of 30 mph on water and highway speeds on land. STK will make some design modifications to the Humdinga, possibly including a new engine. STK will take one to two years to reengineer the vehicle and set up a production in Singapore. Jenkins anticipates that STK will produce about 200 units within a year of beginning production. Beyond that, production numbers are a pure guess, but he said that it could easily rise into the thousands per year. Gibbs is looking for three to seven additional partners for programs similar to the Humdinga. Jenkins said STK is paying Gibbs a large, upfront licensing fee and a royalty for each vehicle it sells. He did not disclose the amount of either the licensing fee or the royalty. The Humdinga is capable of 30 mph on water and highway speeds on land."
The engine change makes perfect sense, as it will enable the Singapore Army to standardize on the same Cat C-9 based power packs for the amphibious Terrex ICV that can drive on its own out the back of an amphibious vessel at least 12 miles from shore and swim at 8 knots (see: http://youtu.be/AJhaMU2Tc6E) and STK's version of this new amphibious resupply vehicle that can swim at above 25 knots (before it is up-armoured).
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On 22 July 2014, the Philippine Department of National Defense issued a Notice to Proceed (NTP) to ST Kinetics of Singapore for the supply and delivery of 8 units 40mm Automatic Grenade Launchers (AGLs) for the Philippine Marine Corps.

Last year, I had a hands on briefing from a member on the staff from ST Kinetics on the latest features on their improved AGLs, which have some newer features than those currently in-service with some Singapore units (who are using an earlier Mark 1 AGL). ST Kinetics currently has two automatic grenade launcher offerings. First is the very successful CIS-40 AGL Mark 2, and then there is also the Lightweight AGL. Nan-Sang Chin, Principal Engineer on the AGL MK2 project, discusses the quick change barrel and the interface to the bolt and feeding mechanism. This system has been somewhat simplified, and made very user friendly. It also allows the Mark 2 to break down into a smaller package for transport.
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IHS Jane's has reported on 17 September 2014, that a third 75 m Al-Ofouq class vessel was launched by ST Marine for Oman. In April 2012, ST Marine beat Dutch company Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding and India's Goa Shipyard to clinch the four-ship, SGD880 million (USD$ 703 million) contract on offer by the Omani Ministry of Defence. The Al-Ofouq class displaces approximately 1,100 tonnes and accommodates a crew of about 60. With a top speed of 27 knots, it can attain a standard range of 3,000 n miles at 16 knots.

ST Marine told IHS Jane's that the first vessel-in-class was launched on 29 January 2014 while the second vessel hit the water on 17 June the same year. The patrol ships are expected to be delivered from the second quarter of 2015, with the final vessel to be handed over in the third quarter of 2016.
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Hey OPSSG, necromancing this thread for a quick question.

Do you know something about the Bionix II variant recently oprated at Exercise Wallaby in Australia last month?
I do not follow every publication of SAF training photos so obviously it might have been shown at earlier occasions already, but I never saw it so far.

I noticed some differences to the usual Bionix II version, i.e. a different gunner sight and different gun mantlet configuration, including the lack of a coaxial machine-gun and case ejection port as well as a different gun mount. The latter two possibly indicating a different main gun altogether instead of the Mk44 Bushmaster II.

First image shows a detailed look from Ex Wallaby, second is a quick and dirty comparison to the usual Bionix 2.

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Do you know something about the Bionix II variant recently oprated at Exercise Wallaby in Australia last month?
I do not follow every publication of SAF training photos so obviously it might have been shown at earlier occasions already, but I never saw it so far.

I noticed some differences to the usual Bionix II version, i.e. a different gunner sight and different gun mantlet configuration, including the lack of a coaxial machine-gun and case ejection port as well as a different gun mount. The latter two possibly indicating a different main gun altogether instead of the Mk44 Bushmaster II.
Now that you mention it, I see what you mean. However, I have not been keeping track, as I have been busy with other matters. I note that this time the SAF also brought LEOPARD 2SGs. A member who is an AI may be better able to comment.
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Hey OPSSG, necromancing this thread for a quick question.

Do you know something about the Bionix II variant recently oprated at Exercise Wallaby in Australia last month?
I do not follow every publication of SAF training photos so obviously it might have been shown at earlier occasions already, but I never saw it so far.

I noticed some differences to the usual Bionix II version, i.e. a different gunner sight and different gun mantlet configuration, including the lack of a coaxial machine-gun and case ejection port as well as a different gun mount. The latter two possibly indicating a different main gun altogether instead of the Mk44 Bushmaster II.

First image shows a detailed look from Ex Wallaby, second is a quick and dirty comparison to the usual Bionix 2.

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Now that you mention it, I see what you mean. However, I have not been keeping track, as I have been busy with other matters. I note that this time the SAF also brought LEOPARD 2SGs. A member who is an AI may be better able to comment.
DavidDCM, you are looking at the BX2 command variant.

Here's a link to help you better understand what you are looking at: Senang Diri: Exercise Wallaby 2011 war machines return to Singapore after intensive war games in Oz
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Ah yes I see, thank you for these answers, mates!

I wonder how the cannon is operated without a visible case ejection port, maybe internal case collection. But you'd probably have to climb inside the vehicle to see their technical solution.

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Ah yes I see, thank you for these answers, mates!

I wonder how the cannon is operated without a visible case ejection port, maybe internal case collection. But you'd probably have to climb inside the vehicle to see their technical solution.
Glad to be of help. Being a command variant, you might be a little surprised at what you find inside.
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Wait, wait, wait... are you implying a nonfunctional mock-up gun?
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Wait, wait, wait... are you implying a nonfunctional mock-up gun?
Not gonna comment on that...might be straying into OPSEC territory.
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