Singapore’s military will next year commission the Paramount Marauder armoured vehicles into service.
Twelve vehicles were delivered between 2013 and 2014. According to Shephard Media, the vehicles were transferred to Singapore for trials and system integration by local company ST Kinetics. In Singapore Armed Forces service they will be known as the Protected Combat Service Vehicle (PCSV).
Singapore’s military unveiled the PCSV at the end of June as part of Singapore’s efforts to improve force readiness in light of transnational challenges such as terrorism. Singapore recently set up the Army Deployment Force to respond to terrorism and other threats.
Shephard reports that the PCSV is linked to the Army Battlefield Internet (ABI), a network connecting all computer systems used by land forces. It facilitates communication between all communications systems in the battlefield. The network is able to support data communications between all land forces primarily through a vehicle-mounted Software Defined Radio that allows for voice and data communication. The Singapore Armed Forces said the ABI will link the Terrex armoured vehicle to the network, allowing motorised infantry to fight as an integrated force.
Singapore’s Marauders are fitted with a single FN MAG 7.62mm machine gun in a remote-controlled weapon station. The vehicles can be configured to carry modular loads weighing up to 4 tons such as mortars, battalion casualty stations or combat supplies.
Singapore’s acquisition of the Marauder comes as a result of a 2012 agreement with Paramount. In June that year Paramount and ST Kinetics announced a strategic collaboration to jointly market, manufacture and support a range of armoured wheeled vehicles, including ST Kinetics’ Terrex 8×8 armoured personnel carrier, and Paramount Group’s Mbombe 6×6 armoured fighting vehicle, Maverick 4×4 Internal Security Vehicle, Marauder 4×4 wheeled troop carrier and Matador 4×4 multi-role mine protected vehicle.
At the time, Ivor Ichikowitz, Executive Chairman of Paramount, said the collaboration with ST Kinetics represented a springboard into the Asia-Pacific region for Paramount Group.
Paramount has supplied Marauders to Algeria (2), Azerbaijan (85), Congo (52), Malawi (6) and Oman (1), according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.