02 Mei 2009

Army Commissions Locally-Built Self-Propelled Artillery Platform

24 November 2003
Primus-self propelled howitzer (photo : Militaryphotos)

Minister for Defence, Rear-Admiral (NS) Teo Chee Hean, commissioned the Singapore Armed Forces’ (SAF) new self-propelled howitzer at Kranji Camp this afternoon. Named Primus, this is a highly accurate, mobile artillery platform that will enhance the capabilities of the Army’s Combined Arms Divisions’ forces. It was jointly developed by the Singapore Armed Forces, the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and Singapore Technologies Kinetics (ST Kinetics).

In the early 1990s, the Army conceived of a need for a weapon system that combined the range, firepower and accuracy of an artillery system with the ability to keep pace with the high tempo of armoured operations. DSTA technologists later worked closely with SAF planners and ST Kinetics engineers to design and develop a system that would meet the Army’s specific operational requirements.

The delivery of the Primus marks the latest milestone in the strategic partnership between the SAF, DSTA and the local defence industry. Since the late 1980s, this tripartite partnership has also designed, developed and produced weapon systems and platforms such as the Field Howitzer 88 (FH 88), the Field Howitzer 2000 (FH 2000), the ‘BIONIX’ Infantry Fighting Vehicle, the ‘BRONCO’ All Terrain Tracked Carrier, and the SAR 21 Assault Rifle for the Army.

(Mindef)

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