Singapore: Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) has announced that its land systems arm, Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd (ST Kinetics), has been awarded a contract of about £150m (about S$330m) by the UK ministry of defence (UK MoD) for the supply of Bronco All Terrain Tracked Carriers (ATTC). Designated as 'Warthog' by the UK MoD, the vehicles are being procured in response to an Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR).
The vehicle deliveries will commence in third quarter 2009, with the majority to be delivered in 2010.
ST Kinetics says the Warthog is a development of ST Kinetics' Bronco ATTC, a robust, reliable and proven platform with many hundreds in service. The Bronco's design delivers exceptional mobility across a wide range of terrain and climate, and is extensively armoured and highly survivable. Critically, it is expected to provide UK forces a significant increase in protection against roadside bombs.
The Warthog will also deliver considerable increases in range, payload and internal capacity over incumbent vehicles currently being used in Afghanistan.
Four Warthog variants will be built under the contract - Troop Carrier, Ambulance, Command, and Repair & Recovery.
"We appreciate the close, flexible and constructive working relationship with ST Kinetics. They are a great company to work with and the Bronco has exceeded our expectations in terms of quality, capability and performance. We are delighted with their product, attitude and the progress jointly made in a very short time indeed," said Simon Cox, programme manager, UK MoD
"ST Kinetics is proud that its Bronco ATTC has been selected to serve the UK MoD. With the Bronco, we are now able to provide the UK MoD with a significant increase in combat capability - range, payload, internal capacity and survivability," said Sew Chee Jhuen, president, ST Kinetics.
ST Kinetics is the land systems and specialty vehicles arm of ST Engineering. It delivers integrated land systems, specialty vehicles and their related through life support for defence, homeland security and commercial applications.
ST Engineering is an integrated engineering group providing solutions and services in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. Headquartered in Singapore, the Group reported revenue of $5.05 billion in FY2007 and ranks among the largest companies listed on the Singapore Exchange. ST Engineering has more than 19,000 employees worldwide, and over 100 subsidiaries and associated companies in 24 countries and 42 cities.