Hunter is the Singapore Army’s first fully digitalised platform and is designed to provide armoured forces with enhanced capabilities to operate more effectively and efficiently in various phases of military operations.
After 13 years of development, the Singapore Army has officially put the Hunter armoured fighting vehicles into service since 2019. Project Hunter, formerly known as the Next Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle (NGAFV), jointly developed by the Singapore defence ministry’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) since 2006. The Hunter will replace the Singapore Army’s obsolete M113A2 line, which has been in service since the 1970s. It will operate in conjunction with the Bionix II infantry fighting vehicle.
Hunter is an armored platform weighing about 29.5 tons, length is 6.9m, width is 3.4m, and height is 3.4m. It is operated by a crew of 3: Commander, Gunner, and Driver, plus up to eight fully armed soldiers in the passenger compartment.
The vehicle has a tracked chassis, and is equipped with an integrated combat cockpit, which allows the commander and gunner to use a common set of controls to operate the Hunter, and a drive by wire capability, which allows the vehicle commander to take over driving functions from the driver. The commander and gunners also have independent sights.
The Hunter has an MTU 8V-199 TE20 720hp turbocharged diesel engine, & an HMX3000 Hydro-mechanical infinitely variable transmission. The vehicle can reach a maximum speed of 70 km/h, a range of up to 500 km. It has InArm Hydro-pneumatic suspension provided by Hortsman of the UK, now a subsidiary of Renk AG.