Bronco All Terrain Tracked Carrier

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Bronco All Terrain Tracked Carrier (ATTC)
NDP2010 CR3 Bronco ATTC 1.JPG
Bronco ATTC
Type amphibious armoured vehicle
Place of origin Singapore
Service history
Used by See users
Production history
Designer ST Kinetics
Manufacturer ST Kinetics
Specifications
Weight 15 tonnes (33,100 lb)
Length 8.6 metres (28 ft 3 in)
Width 2.2 metres (7 ft 2.6 in)
Height 2.3 metres (7 ft 6.6 in)
Crew 16 (6 front + 10 rear)

Armor Steel, AMAP-ADS active protection system
Main
armament
FN MAG 7.62 mm General Purpose Machine Gun (ATTC); or
Ultimax 100 5.56 mm Light Machine Gun[1]
Secondary
armament
Smoke grenade launchers
Engine Caterpillar 3126B
350 bhp (261 kW) at 2400 rpm
Speed Paved road: 60 km/h (37.3 mph)
Cross country: 25 km/h (15.5 mph)
Swimming: 4.5 km/h (2.80 mph)

The Bronco All Terrain Tracked Carrier (ATTC) is a twin chassis multi-purpose articulated tracked carrier jointly developed by ST Kinetics and the Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA) for the Singapore Army. The variant in service with the UK armed forces is known as the Warthog.

Design[edit]

Designed to traverse difficult terrain, the Bronco has a ground pressure of 60 kPa and is fitted with heavy duty seamless rubber tracks and a running gear system for soft ground conditions and directional stability. Swimming operations require minimal preparation and it can achieve a swimming speed of 5 km/h. The Bronco's four-sprocket drive, fully articulated steering with optional differential lock provides for small turning radius manoeuvres and improved performance.

The Bronco has a load carrying capacity of up to 5 tonnes and is capable of a top speed of 60 km/h (37 mph) on the road and at least 25 km/h (16 mph) on cross-country terrain. An advantage the standard Bronco has over other western armoured personnel carriers is its relatively large interior, with seating for 16 including the driver.

Deployment[edit]

The Bronco has been fully operational with the Singapore Armed Forces for several years, with more than 600 on order and production still underway.[2]

British service[edit]

A British Warthog on trial at Bovington Camp.

In December 2008, ST Kinetics was awarded a £150 million contract by the British Ministry of Defence for over 100 Bronco All Terrain Tracked Carriers for use in Afghanistan.[3] The vehicles, dubbed the Warthog in British service, will replace Vikings currently operating in southern Afghanistan by the British military,[4] and are being procured as part of a £700 million package of Urgent Operational Requirements (UORs) recently announced by Defence Secretary John Hutton. Deliveries will commence in the third quarter of 2009, with the majority to be delivered in 2010.[5][6]

Four Warthog variants will be built under the contract – Troop Carrier, Ambulance, Command, and Repair & Recovery. The ambulance variant will be capable of carrying casualties, medics and kit. Warthog's repair and recovery variant will be fitted with a crane and winch, and will have the capability to tow another 18-tonne Warthog vehicle back from the front line.

Once delivered to the UK, contractor Thales fits the vehicles according to MoD specifications with communications systems, specialist counter-measure equipment and extra protective armour at their facility in the former MoD depot at Llangennech near Llanelli, South Wales.[7] The first vehicles are expected to be in service in Afghanistan by mid-2010.

In December 2010, British Army soldier – Lance Corporal William Reeks – survived an IED attack after the Warthog he was travelling in set off a 50 kg (110 lb) improvised explosive device. His family believes that the stronger armour of the Warthogs, which replaced less heavily fortified Viking armoured vehicles, helped save their son's life.[8][9]

Jane's military guide has reported that British Warthog vehicles will be transformed to serve as transporter vehicles for Thales Watchkeeper UAV manned by 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery and 47th Regiment Royal Artillery under the Army 2020 concept.[10]

Variants[edit]

2010 Thai floods, Thailand's prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva surveying flooded regions from the relative safety atop a Royal Thai Army's Bronco troop carrier variant.

Singapore has already deployed several variants of the Bronco, including ambulance, engineer, repair and recovery, load carrier, troop carrier and fuel resupply vehicles.

Mortar Tracked Carrier[edit]

A variant of the Bronco All-Terrain Tracked Carrier, the Mortar Tracked Carrier (MTC) is jointly developed by the SAF, DSTA and Singapore Technologies Kinetics. Operating on a 4 men crew, the MTC's primary weapon is the ST Kinetics 120mm Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System (SRAMS), the world's first recoiled mortar to incorporate a blast diffuser,[11] greatly reducing the blast overpressure effect generated by mortars, thus allowing longer periods of firing without injuring the crew. The MTC has a built-in Automatic Fire Control System (AFCS) comprising a Fire Control Unit and an Inertia Navigation System, allowing it to conduct immediate deployment without conventional surveying methods. A hydro-pneumatic Recoil System reduces the overall recoil force, thus allowing minimal reinforcement of the original hull structure, and post-firing stabilising time. This increases the rate of firing with improved accuracy.

The AFCS is also equipped with a Mortar Platoon Management System (MPMS), which enables it to be networked via the Battlefield Management System (BMS).

Users[edit]

See also[edit]

  • BvS 10 – the vehicle supplemented by the Bronco in British Army service.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Christopher F Foss (20 June 2000). "New All Terrain Vehicle Makes Tracks For Eurosatory". Jane's Daily (subscription required to access). Retrieved 26 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Bronco seeks first export orders". Jane's Defence Industry. 3 July 2006. 
  3. ^ "ST Engineering's Land Systems Arm Awarded £150m Contract By UK MoD For Bronco All Terrain Tracked Carriers". ST Kinetics. 18 December 2008. 
  4. ^ "Singapore to Supply Armored Vehicles to U.K.", Defence News, 4 December 2008
  5. ^ "The Warthog is on its way", Ministry of Defence, 19 December 2008
  6. ^ Singaporean Carriers for the Royal Marines
  7. ^ "New base to equip Afghan vehicles". BBC News. 19 November 2009. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Paul, Christian (17 January 2011). "Welwyn Hatfield-born soldier survives Afghanistan bomb blast". Welwyn Hatfield Times (Welwyn Hatfield: Archant Regional Ltd). Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  9. ^ Paul, Christian (4 February 2011). "Welwyn Hatfield soldier's survival tale makes a splash in Singapore". Welwyn Hatfield Times (Welwyn Hatfield: Archant Regional Ltd). Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  10. ^ http://www.janes.com/article/28170/warthog-heads-for-uk-uav-support-role
  11. ^ "Lethality on the Modern Battlefield", RUSI Defence Systems, 2004
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