10 Juli 2015
The Peacekeeper will provide stronger protection, accurate firepower and better manoeuvrability across different terrains (all photos & images : Sing Mindef)
Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen officiated at the 2nd People's Defence Force (2PDF Command)'s 50th anniversary parade this evening. As part of the parade which was held at Clementi Camp, Dr Ng also commissioned the Army's new Peacekeeper Protected Response Vehicle (PRV).
In his speech, Dr Ng hailed the commissioning of the Peacekeeper as a significant modernisation milestone as it replaces the Army's ageing fleet of V200s which have been in use since 1970. He said, "The Peacekeeper has greater mobility and more precise firepower with a remote-controlled weapon station." He added that servicemen would also be better protected against dangerous threats.
Dr Ng also underscored the need for 2 PDF Command to remain ready and relevant against security challenges such as threats from extremist groups and self-radicalised individuals. Dr Ng said, "In Singapore too, we have people who have been radicalised. 2PDF must continue to update its doctrine, tactics and equipment to meet these new challenges."
The Peacekeeper, which was jointly developed by the Army and the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), is designed to support servicemen carrying out island defence operations. It is equipped with a Remote Control Weapon System, allowing the Peacekeeper's crew to operate the weapons systems mounted on it from within the vehicle, and thermal imaging to support ground forces with direct and precise firepower. It features five types of differential locking systems for better traction, and a Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS) to protect the vehicle against pressure leaks or punctures. The system also reduces vibration and shocks as the vehicle moves.
At the parade, Dr Ng also interacted with pioneer servicemen who had served in 2 PDF Command over the last 50 years. Chief of Army, Major-General Perry Lim, senior Singapore Armed Forces officers and senior officials from DSTA were also present. (Sing Mindef)
Factsheet: Peacekeeper Protected Response Vehicle
The Peacekeeper Protected Response Vehicle (PRV), which was jointly developed by the Army and the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), is designed to support Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) servicemen carrying out security operations at key civilian and military installations.
It will replace the Army's fleet of V200s, which have been in service since 1970. The V200s will remain in operation until they are gradually phased out in 2016.
Key Features of the Peacekeeper PRV
Enhanced Weapons System
The Peacekeeper is mounted with a Remote Control Weapon System (RCWS), with options for one of three different weapon configurations:
-40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL)
-12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (HMG)
-7.62mm Coaxial Machine Gun (CMG)
The RCWS allows the Peacekeeper's crew to engage targets accurately when the vehicle is stationary or on the move. The weapons can also be operated by the crew from within the protection of the vehicle. This enables the troops inside the vehicle to support ground forces with heavy and accurate fire. The RCWS' flexible modular components can also be easily re-configured depending on operational requirements.
The Peacekeeper is able to withstand small-arms fire and fragmentation. Its features include bulletproof windows and protection for its fuel tank. The Peacekeeper is also equipped with an onboard fire suppression system.
With six large off-road tires, the Peacekeeper is capable of manoeuvring across a variety of terrain. It features five types of differential locking systems for better traction, and a Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS) to protect the vehicle against pressure leaks or punctures. The system also reduces vibration and shocks as the vehicle moves. Additionally, an anti-lock braking system prevents the Peacekeeper from skidding or experiencing instances of "wheel lock" when it is braking over wet or slippery surfaces.