A Stronger and Smarter Hunter
31 Jul 2019

Slated to make its public debut at the National Day Parade (NDP) in 2019, the Hunter Armoured Fighting Vehicle is the Singapore Army's first fully digitalised vehicle. Developed by DSTA in collaboration with the Army and Singapore Technologies Engineering, the Hunter provides greater firepower, protection, mobility and situational awareness for enhanced operations.

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Source: MINDEF

From the outset, the DSTA team implemented innovative design approaches to develop a vehicle that is intuitive to use, train and maintain, while also strengthening its quality and safety. This was the first Army programme where 3D modelling was used extensively in the design process. The team adopted a model-based systems engineering approach to allow a better visualisation of the overall design during technical reviews, without the need for physical prototypes.

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Moving into the interior of the vehicle, the vehicle commander and the gunner share a common console at the centre of the crew station where they can operate the vehicle and access mission data collaboratively through touchscreens powered by the Army Tactical Engagement Information System. Inspired by an aircraft cockpit, this user-friendly integrated combat cockpit conceptualised by the team enables all controls to be within reach by every member of the crew. The driver station also has an integrated driving display panel that provides camera feeds and essential driving information for enhanced safety and situational awareness.

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In designing the user interface and user experience, the DSTA team adopted a three-click design philosophy: any function within the vehicle is accessible within three clicks. Intuitive interfaces were also introduced and workflow processes were automated to enhance soldier experience.

The team also applied 'Design for Support' principles to enhance the Hunter's maintenance experience while reducing the total maintenance cost over time. The Hunter has a Health and Utilisation Monitoring System, which instruments the platform, combat and training systems, to enable real-time fault diagnosis and step-by-step troubleshooting instructions. With the data collected, the team can also apply analytics for fault trend analysis and make recommendations for condition-based maintenance. 3D models were also used to evaluate the accessibility of components to ensure ease of maintenance.

Looking ahead, Programme Director (Land Systems) William Peh shared: “We have also designed the Hunter for growth, by establishing an open and modular vehicle electronic architecture to facilitate future technology insertions."

Following its commissioning on 11 June 2019, the Hunter will be part of the mobile column at this year’s NDP.

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