More comfy, more powerful

More comfy, more powerful

I was a tank hunter during my national service days with the 3rd Guards.

My choice of ride? The old Light Strike Vehicle (LSV) that has been in use since 1998.

On Tuesday, its successor - the Light Strike Vehicle Mark II (LSV MK II) - was officially launched during Exercise Wallaby at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia.

The LSV MK II was put through rounds of live firing with various weapon platforms, carried underslung by helicopters and participated in battlefield and navigation drills.

I had the opportunity to preview the LSV MK II at Bedok Camp - where I commanded my own LSV crew five years ago - and sat in it for a test drive earlier this month.

Even though I spent barely five minutes in it, I found the new vehicle to be more comfortable and powerful - imagine upgrading from a Toyota Corolla to a Camry.

The LSV MK II's acceleration was unmistakable as it roared to life, pushing me back against my seat as it took off - something I would not have expected of its predecessor.

And as it made sharp turns smoothly and with ease, I barely felt a bump, thanks to its improved suspension system.

The new vehicle is designed to be more mobile, stable and powerful in its primary role in taking out armoured threats.

It also retains its predecessor's weapon systems - the anti-armour Spike missile launcher or the automatic grenade launcher (AGL).

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