30 April 2016

Singapore Quietly Introduces the VAMTAC ST5 High Mobility Tactical Vehicle

30 April 2016

A number of VAMTAC ST5 tactical vehicles in the chassis-cab configuration have been openly displayed at a holding facility in western Singapore in October 2015 (photos : Jane's)

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has taken delivery of a number of Spanish-made 4x4 Vehículo de Alta Movilidad Táctico (VAMTAC) ST5 high mobility tactical vehicles to add to its fleet, with at least two vehicles configured as light utility or troop transport platforms observed travelling on public roads in the northern part of the country by IHS Jane's on 28 April.

A number of these vehicles - which are manufactured by URO Vehículos Especiales SA (UROVESA) and often likened to the US Army's High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or Humvee) - had earlier been seen by IHS Jane's in open storage at a holding facility in western Singapore in October 2015, although local defence watchers have posted similar images on internet forums as early as July.

IHS Jane's Land Warfare Platforms: Logistics, Support & Unmanned reference notes that the VAMTAC platform is known to be offered in four main configurations: command-and-control, shelter carrier, chassis-cab, and pick-up, with the latter two models available with two- or four-door cabs.

Singapore appears to have selected the two-door chassis-cab option, which can be configured with a range of shelters and cargo modules to suit operational requirements. The two VAMTAC ST5s observed by IHS Jane's have been fitted with a soft-top shelter, which indicates that these particular examples could be employed as troop carrier or logistics supply vehicles. Other ST5 configurations could have been acquired, although these have yet to be seen in public.

The basic VAMTAC ST5 measures 4.84 m in length and 1.9 m in height with an overall track of 1.86 m and a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 5,300 kg. It is in essence a facelifted S3 production model with exterior alterations such as a new front bumper and bonnet, and new lights. The ST5 range also includes the optionally armoured ST5-HD, 2HD, and 3HD variants, which can vary in GWV from 6,000 kg to 9,500 kg and feature ballistic protection of up to STANAG 4569 Level 3.


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