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Singaporean Bronco 3 All Terrain Tracked Carrier unveiled with 120mm mortar and counterbattery radar.

| 2021

A tweet posted on December 22 by Caesar shows a Singaporean Bronco 3 ATV with 120mm Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System (SRAMS) and an Israeli-made counterbattery radar, a dual configuration never seen before. The tweet does not mention any location (obviously a defense exhibition)  nor date.
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Singaporean Bronco ATTC with 120mm Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System (SRAMS) and an Israeli-made counterbattery radar (Picture source: Twitter account of Caesar)

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

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

A variant of the Bronco All-Terrain Tracked Carrier, the Mortar Tracked Carrier (MTC), has been 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, 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 inertial 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 stabilizing 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).


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