Bionix, the first Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) manufactured by Singapore’s defence industries, rolled out at the Singapore Technologies Automotive Limited (STA) at Portsdown Road this evening. This follows the announcement in Mar 97 by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, Dr Tony Tan, that STA had won a contract to specially design and build a fleet of IFV for the SAF. The SAF will receive the first batches of the vehicle from Jan 98 onwards.
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There are two versions of the IFV each costing 2.5 million dollars. The first, IFV 25, can sit 10 soldiers and has a 25 mm gun and three mounted 7.62 mm machine guns. It also has night vision devices. The second version, the IFV 40/50, can sit 11 soldiers and come with a 40 mm grenade launcher and the 0.5 inch and 7.62 mm machine guns.