ST Kinetics Spider Mk II History

in 2013, the Singaporean Army introduced the Spider (New Generation) Light Strike Vehicle Mk II (LSV Mk II) as a successor to the earlier Light Strike Vehicle Mk I of 1998. As its name suggests, the Light Strike Vehicle is intended for fast-attack, hit-and-run tactics for regular Army and special-mission-minded forces with a focus on defeating armored threats at range. The vehicles are produced by local defense powerhouse ST Kinetics and are air-transportable under the belly of a medium-lift transport helicopter or in the hold of a medium-class, fixed-wing transport aircraft.

The Mk II weighs nearly 4,000lb and showcases a length of 16 feet, a width of 6.9 feet and a height of 5.10 feet. The operating crew is typically two with space for an additional four support personnel. Drive power is through a single PSA DW10B series 4-cylidner turbocharged diesel engine outputting 136 horsepower. The engine is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission system. The driver sits at front-center with passenger seating to his left and right as well as behind. Road speeds reach nearly 70 miles per hour.

The Spider is equipped with a roll bar / crew "cage" system for enhanced crew survivability in the event of a rollover. Its crewspace is open-air, generally, offering excellent views of the surrounding terrain. The wheels are well-spaced for strong balance characteristics and are suspended for excellent cross-country travel qualities. The chassis is elevated for ground clearance as well.

The placement of the driver at front-center allows the left and right forward passenger positions to be outfitted with 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Guns. The vehicle also sports a trainable mounting over the roof which can fit anti-armor (the Israeli SPIKE Anti-Tank Guided Missile) or anti-personnel weapons (such as a 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher). Onboard storage also allows man-portable anti-armor weapons (such as the Javelin) to be carried into battle.

The Spider Mk II has been developed into three distinct production forms including a general, base model for multirole use, an anti-personnel model with 40mm AGL and the anti-armor model with the Raphael SPIKE ATGM system installed (Mantis support system).

ST Kinetics Spider Mk II Specification

BASICS

Year:
2013
Crew:
6
Manufacturing:
ST Kinetics - Singapore
Production:
550 Units

ROLES

- Anti-Tank / Anti-Armor

- Reconnaissance (RECCE)

- Utility

STRUCTURAL

Length:

16.08 ft (4.9 m)

Width/Span:

6.89 ft (2.1 m)

Height:

5.91 ft (1.8 m)

Weight:

2 tons (1,800 kg; 3,968 lb)

POWER

1 x PSA DW10B 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine developing 136 horsepower.

PERFORMANCE

Maximum Speed:

68 mph (110 kph)

ARMAMENT

Variable: Versions exist with 7.62mm FN MAG GPMGs fitted as well as Raphael SPIKE ATGM system. Other forces outfitted with 40mm Automatic Grenade Launchers as well as any personal weapons carried by the crew.

Ammunition:

Dependent upon armament fit.

VARIANTS

Spider Mark II - Base Series Designation

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