Sunday, May 3, 2015

Singapore Police Force Gurkha MPV





The Singapore Police Force's (SPF) expanded range of protected mobility vehicles includes the Gurkha Multi-purpose Patrol Vehicle (MPV), made in Canada by Terradyne Armored Vehicles Inc.

The rarely-seen MPV has been aptly named as the "Gurkha" in SPF service. These vehicles serve the crack 2,000-strong, brigade-size Gurkha Contingent, which is based at the Gurkha Cantonment in the Mount Vernon area. Senang Diri believes the vehicle serves with the hostage rescue force within the Gurkha Contingent.

The Gurkha is protected against armour-piercing 7.62mm NATO and 7.62mm rounds fired from AK-type rifles as well as 12.7mm ball. The MPV is also built to withstand the blast and fragments from roadside bombs.

Along with the Gurkha MPV, the SPF is believed to have taken delivery of a new Austrian-made wheeled armoured vehicle for the Police Special Operations Command.

Both vehicles are expected to be part of the SG50 Mobile Column.  

Gurkha MPV fitted with an open cupola.

6 comments:

tragickingdom said...

The Gurkha vehicle shares the same chassis as the new army field ambulance.

thomas ong said...

saw it once on the road with police insignia. I didn't expect it to be for gurkha.

David Lim said...

Nice but can these fit down the narrow alley ways in Little India, Chinatown, Geylang or older districts of Singapore? Can't imagine it trying to enter a HDB carpark... Hahaha...

Kinda defeats the purpose of having an armoured vehicle if the Gurkhas have to dismount to get to the scene if their vehicle can't take them there.

Also, calling a vehicle the same name as the people using it might cause all sorts of confusion. e.g. The Gurkhas are dismounting from the Gurkhas. Sounds wrong...

My 5 cents...

Onomo said...

These are probably to replace the older Armoured Land Rover Defenders that the Gurkha contingent used. These were interesting as they had rubber sweepers under the front bumper to prevent projectile explosives from getting under the vehicle.

NG said...

Hey do you know what's this?

https://www.facebook.com/ndpeep/photos/a.10153375268733529.1073741928.89175368528/10153375270013529/?type=3&theater

David Boey said...

Hi NG,
Yes, I released a couple of tweets yesterday on the NDP 2015 Mobile Column.