Spider Light Strike Vehicle
||It has been suggested that SPIDER New Generation Light Strike Vehicle be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since January 2014.|
|Spider Light Strike Vehicle|
Spider LSV at the Singapore Airshow 2008 on display
|Type||Light Attack Vehicle|
|Place of origin||Singapore|
|In service||1998 - Present|
|Used by||Singapore Armed Forces|
|Manufacturer||Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd|
|Weight||Curb weight: 1,600 kg (3,527.4 lb)|
|Length||Overall: 4,500 mm (14 ft 9.2 in)|
|Width||Overall: 2,030 mm (6 ft 7.9 in)|
|Height||Top of roll cage: 1,900 mm (6 ft 2.8 in)|
|Crew||4 + 2 crew|
• 1× CIS 40 Automatic grenade launcher, or
|• 1–2× FN MAG or Ultimax 100|
|Engine||Peugeot Inline 4 turbo-charged diesel engine
130 hp (97 kW)
|Payload capacity||1,200 kg (2,645.5 lb)|
|Suspension||Double wishbone suspension|
|700 km (430 mi)|
|Speed||Paved road: 120 km/h (75 mph)
Off road: 80 km/h (50 mph)
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. 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. This vehicle is currently used by the Singapore Guards
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). 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.
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
The LSV, which can move at a maximum speed of 110 km/h, significantly enhances the mobility of the foot soldiers. The soldiers can now bring heavier and better firepower systems into operations.
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- "Spider Light Strike Vehicle". ST Engineering. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
- Singapore Army Guards Equipment Retrieved on 11 August 2013
- Equipment Page, Official MINDEF Guards Page. Retrieved on 4 January 2008.
- Unofficial Singapore Guards LSV Page. Retrieved on 4 January 2008.
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