On July 8, Singapore’s defense minister Ng Eng Hen commissioned new armored vehicles at a ceremony in the city-state.
The new Peacekeeper Protected Response Vehicle (PRV) was jointly developed by the Army and the Defense Science and Technology Agency, a body which supports Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) servicemen.
According to a statement released by the Ministry of Defense (MINDEF), seen by The Diplomat, The Peacekeeper is a marked improvement on the V200 armored vehicles which it is replacing. First, it boasts a remote control weapon system with three different weapons configurations – a 40mm automatic grenade launcher, a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun, and a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun. A remote control weapon system is important because it allows crew to engage targets accurately even when the vehicle is on the move.
Second, it offers better protection. The Peacekeeper is able to withstand small arms fire and fragmentation better than its predecessor. For instance, it is equipped with features such as bulletproof windows, protection for its fuel tank, and an onboard fire suppression system. Third and lastly, it is more mobile. Its six large off-road tires enable it to traverse across a variety of terrain. It also features locking systems for better traction, a Central Tire Inflation System to protect against leaks or punctures, and an anti-lock braking system to prevent it from skidding or locking when in wet surfaces.