The Fighting Edge in Tomorrow's Battles
|From ST Brochure|
provided by the 475 hp Detroit Diesel engine to drive its 23 tonnes, ensures the Bionix is
able to overcome the most difficult terrain. Future upgrades in horsepower ratings can be
developed according to needs. (ST
cooling system has been designed by Galley with the radiator at the
rear of the power pack compartment. The air inlet and outlet louvers are in the roof, with
the exhaust pipe running through the hull on the right side and with the outlet on the
right rear of the vehicle.
(JIDR- By Christopher F Foss - 10/1999 issue)
Made in Singapore : Armored Fighting Vehicles
ASIAN AEROSPACE '98
Mr. Wu said that the Bionix, which makes its international debut at Asian Aerospace '98, will be marketed overseas in the near future.
"If so required and if the money is right, we will be prepared to tailor our current Bionix to that particular customer's requirements.
"Given sufficient time and resources, we can do quite a bit to the vehicle. "In coming years, we will be busy producing the Bionix vehicle. Our engineers will be equally busy developing variants to fit specific operational roles such as the recovery and command variant. We will have a family of Bionix vehicles in the next few years." ST Automotive is also pursuing proof of concept studies in armored vehicle development. Mr. Wu said: "To remain relevant to our armed forces, we must always maintain currency with appropriate technologies. One sure way to maintain such currency is through experimentation and proof of concept studies." Mr. Wu said ST Automotive's engineers can draw valuable data from these studies as AFV design often calls for trade-offs between firepower, mobility and protection. "To find the right balance or to be able to improve one without compromising the others will continue to be our major preoccupation. Keeping the Bionix current and relevant will certainly be part of our daily commitment."
(The Business Times - By David Boey - Feb 26th 1998)
The turret is of all-welded steel armor construction, with an additional
layer of spaced passive armor added. The gunner sits on the right; the vehicle commander
sits on the left, with both turret crew members being provided with a single piece hatch
than opens to the rear that can be locked in the vertical position.
|The gunner has a twin-control handles and a day/thermal sight, with a magnification of x8 and two fields of view ( high and low ), with stadia for the 25mm cannon and 7.62mm coaxial machine gun. The commander has an optical relay from the gunner's sight and a single control handle. The vehicle commander has a further five day periscopes to give observation to the turret front, left side and rear; the gunner has three periscopes to give observation to the right and rear. the gunner has the turret control box mounted to the right of his position and both turret-crew members have an adjustable seat. The communications equipment is installed in the turret bustle. (JIDR- By Christopher F Foss - 10/1999 issue)|
|From Asia-Pacific Defence Reporter|
|The SAF chose Exercise Wallaby 97 to put its newest AFV through its paces. Designed, developed and manufactured by ST, the Bionix IFV is the first indigenous armored vehicle to be developed in South-East Asia. Both versions of the Bionix IFV were trialled under the rugged and demanding conditions of Australia's Shoalwater Bay Training Area. The Bionix IFV has a combat weight of 22.9 tonnes and a two-man turret mounting a fully stabilized Boeing M242 25mm canon and 7.62 coaxial machine gun. One 7.62mm and two 7.62 machine guns are flex mounted above the commander's station and rear troop compartment respectively. The troop compartment can carry seven troops. Prototype Bionix IFV's have been shown fitted with high-hardness-appliqué armor plates over all-welded steel hull and turret.|
a Detroit Diesel 475 horsepower engine coupled to an automatic transmission, the vehicle
also features an hydropneumatic suspension system. The Bionix IFV40/50 spots a one-man
cupola mounting a 12.7 HMG and a 40mm AGL. At 21tonnes combat weight the IFV 40/50 carries
9 troops in addition to a crew of two. It is reported that the unit price is around $A3.6
(By Ian Bostock - Asia Pacific Defence Reporter February/March 1998 issue)
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