The Straits Times
Published on Oct 10, 2012

SAF troops test new armoured vehicle in Australia


ROCKHAMPTON (Australia) - Singapore's latest armoured infantry vehicle - the Terrex - has showcased its winning qualities in one of its most crucial battle proficiency tests in Queensland, Australia.

The made-in-Singapore vehicle, dubbed King of the Terrain, proved it was fighting fit as it tore across the rugged terrain dotted with gullies, creeks and potholes at a top speed of 105kmh.

About 50 Terrex vehicles have been put through their paces by some 700 soldiers from the 5thBattalion Singapore Infantry Regiment (5 SIR), in a series of mock battles as part of the ongoing 65-day Exercise Wallaby.

The test is being conducted two years after the battalion received its first Terrex in 2010 and started honing its capabilities as one of two operational motorised infantry units in the third-generation Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). Through day and night exercises, men and machines were graded on how swiftly they could spot and suppress the enemy.