Spider Light Strike Vehicle

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Spider Light Strike Vehicle
Spider LSV with SPIKE ATGM.jpg
Spider LSV at the Singapore Airshow 2008 on display
Type Light Attack Vehicle
Place of origin Singapore
Service history
In service 1998 - Present
Used by Singapore Armed Forces
Production history
Manufacturer Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd
Number built 400~
Specifications
Weight Curb weight: 1,600 kg (3,527.4 lb)[1]
Length Overall: 4,500 mm (14 ft 9.2 in)[1]
Width Overall: 2,030 mm (6 ft 7.9 in)[1]
Height Top of roll cage: 1,900 mm (6 ft 2.8 in)[1]
Crew 4 + 2 crew[1]

Main
armament

• 1× CIS 40 Automatic grenade launcher,[2] or
• 1× CIS 50 Heavy machine gun,[2] or
Spike Anti-tank missiles (mounted on an adjustable height/telescopic twin-tube launcher, up to six missiles carried),[2] or

• 1× STK 120 mm Super rapid advance mortar system (SRAMS)[2][3]
Secondary
armament
• 1–2× FN MAG or Ultimax 100[2]
Engine Peugeot Inline 4 turbo-charged diesel engine[2]
130 hp (97 kW)[1]
Payload capacity 1,200 kg (2,645.5 lb)[1]
Suspension Double wishbone suspension[1]
Operational
range
700 km (430 mi)[1]
Speed Paved road: 120 km/h (75 mph)[1]
Off road: 80 km/h (50 mph)[1]

The Spider Light Strike Vehicle (LSV) is an unarmoured light fast attack vehicle produced by Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd for the Singapore Army.[4]

Design[edit]

Similar in concept to the US made Desert Patrol Vehicle and Light Strike Vehicle, the Spider LSV was designed for fast hit-and-run raids, it is also capable of undertaking scouting missions, special forces support, and low-intensity guerrilla warfare.[2] Due to its lightweight design, the vehicle could be carried underslung by medium-lift helicopters such as the Super Pumas and the Chinooks of the Republic of Singapore Air Force, or stacked during airlift for rapid deployment by tactical transport aircraft such as the Lockheed C-130 Hercules.[1] This vehicle is currently used by the Singapore Guards[5]

Capabilities[edit]

The LSV actually allows for different weapon configurations. It can be mounted with other weapon systems such as the 40 mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL) or the advanced Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM).[6] The latest addition to the LSV armament is the Israeli SPIKE ATGM, giving the Guards the capability to destroy tanks at a 4 km range. Fitting the LSV with an Infra-Red adaptor gives it night vision capabilities as well.[7]

The LSV, which functions with an automatic gear, can go to more places than normal wheeled vehicles; for example, cross-country, going into closed terrain, capable of pushing down small brush and trees. Even in muddy areas the LSV is able to negotiate the conditions better than other vehicles like Jeeps and Land Rovers.

Speed and efficiency[edit]

The LSV, which can move at a maximum speed of 110 km/h,[6] significantly enhances the mobility of the foot soldiers. The soldiers can now bring heavier and better firepower systems into operations.

Operators[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Spider LSV - Technical specifications". ST Engineering. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Spider Light Strike Vehicle, Singapore". Army-Technology.Com. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "120 mm SRAMS". ST Engineering. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Spider Light Strike Vehicle". ST Engineering. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Singapore Army Guards Equipment Retrieved on 11 August 2013
  6. ^ a b Equipment Page, Official MINDEF Guards Page. Retrieved on 4 January 2008.
  7. ^ Unofficial Singapore Guards LSV Page. Retrieved on 4 January 2008.

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