Following the AMX-10P, Cougar helicopters and Mistral missiles, it’s now to the Higuard from Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) to confirm the strong links existing between the French defense industry and Singapore.
The Higuard Officially entered service with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), at the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 2nd People’s Defense Force (2 PDF). It is an armoured personnel carrier with MRAP capabilities combining both excellent mobility Sherpa 6×6 and a high level of protection.
The Higuard was officially declared operational July 8, 2015 by the Singapore Minister of Defense Ng Eng Hen Dr and will replace the old V-200 armoured vehicles as part of the “Protected Response Vehicle” program. According to Renault, “Some forty vehicles, officially designated Peacekeeper PRV [Protected Response Vehicle], will equip the 2nd People’s Defense Force, a unit tasked with protecting sensitive facilities and coordinating the military resources in crisis situations.”
Based on the Sherpa Medium 6×6 tactical trucks, the level of protection of Higuard (type STANAG 4569), with his V-hull design, fully protects it against shots, landmines and IEDs (Improvised Explosive Device) .
Its volume and payload of 4 tons allow it to carry up to 10 fully equipped men in addition to the crew.
Offensive capabilities of the Higuard / Peacekeeper PRV are ensured by a remote operated turret on which the customer can mount three types of weapon systems: a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher, a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun or a light machine gun caliber 7.62 mm. With a 255-liter tank, the Higuard has a range of 850 km and is air transportable, including with the Airbus A400M.
Singapore follows Qatar as the second export customer for this type of vehicle. The middle eastern country ordered 22 Higuard in 2012 for its internal security forces.