Singapore: New Hunter tracked AFV Armored Fighting Vehicle at military parade

The first public appearance of the new Hunter tracked AFV (Armored Fighting Vehicle) of Singapore Army on August 9, 2019, during the National Day military parade. The Hunter Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV) is the first fully digitalized fighting platforms designed to meet the operational requirements for the future battlefield.

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New Hunter AFV Armored Fighting Vehicle at a military parade in Singapore. August 9, 2019. (Picture source Internet)

The Hunter tracked AFV (Armored Fighting Vehicle) was commissioned by the Singapore Army in June 2019. Locally designed and developed by the Defence Science and Technology Agency with the Singapore Army and ST Engineering, the Hunter was unveiled on June 2016 and will progressively replace the army's fleet of Ultra M113 AFVs, which have been in service since the 1970s.

The Hunter AFV is the first fully digitalized armored vehicle, it integrates combat cockpit featuring an array of multi-function displays that supports each crew member in the task of command and control, gunnery and vehicle maneuver. These display features include video and data inputs from the driving cameras, Commander’s and Gunner’s sight, all-round surveillance sensors, system data from platform sensors and the Integrated Battlefield Management System (iBMS).

The Hunter AFV is fitted with the Samson 30 Integrated Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) armed with one Orbital ATK 30mm Mk44 Bushmaster II automatic cannon and one coaxial 7.62mm machine gun. The RCWS is configured with an Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) launcher Spike that is retractable under armored protection and smoke grenade launchers on either side of the gun mantlet.

The Hunter tracked AFV is operated by a crew of three comprising a driver seated on the front left, while the gunner and vehicle commander are seated side-by-side immediately behind the powerpack. Up to eight fully equipped infantrymen can be transported in the rear troop compartment.

The Hunter AFV hull is based on all-welded steel armor that can be fitted with an appliqué layer of passive armor to increase protection against ballistic and mine threats. The vehicle is based on a modular design offering the possibility to removed and replaced the armor package according to new threats and customers requirements.


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