I would like to talk about this interesting country, the orders and the laws and the industry.
The world's largest sea port is here, there's even your own tank factory.
Tiny Singapore are smaller St. Petreburge, but nevertheless there is an airport, development of the electrical industry, and the number of armored vehicles can be compared with North Korea.
In December 2011, in big trouble was a citizen of Ukraine Sergey Serkov - it too, so to speak, frivolous treatment of the airline stewardess «Singapore Airlines» ended in court and public beatings with bamboo sticks. Long article "insulting the dignity of the citizen of Singapore» ...
It was not the first big event of corporal punishment to foreigners - in 1994, a similar punishment befell American teenager Michael Fay. Underage scoundrel involved vandalism on the streets of the cleanest city in the world, for which he was immediately arrested by the police and mercilessly flogged. It did not help even the intervention of President Clinton - in Singapore are all equal before the law.
These stories highlight the best surroundings, in which the events described below. In an unusual country fined for tossed a candy wrapper on the sidewalk and ruthlessly vzdergivayut traffickers. The rigidity and integrity of the authorities - the only thing that enables you to store and maintain a small state. After all, the island is not even fresh water sources - it has to be imported from Malaysia.
Just a dot on the map (a red spot in the Eastern part)
The city-state, positioning itself as a tourist paradise, is armed with its ground forces more than 2,000 modern tanks and heavy armored vehicles! At first glance, it begs comparison with North Korea, but the impression is deceptive: Singapore - open state, but, for some reason, Singaporeans are in no hurry to leave his urbanized and well-protected island.
Steel claws Singapore
Singapore Pride tank battalions - 96 main battle tanks, "Leopard 2", of which only 66 remain fighting capacity, the remaining thirty machines are designed for "cannibalization" as a source of spare parts for front-line tanks. Singapore military practical, because, imagine how they will pull out of the swamps 60-ton colossus, immediately ordered another 10 armored recovery vehicles Bergepanzer BPz3 Buffel chassis "Leopard" (Party ARV income 31 on May 2012 g of.).
All MBT "Leopard 2A4", purchased in 2008 from the German Armed Forces, received a set of ceramic armor AMAP German company «IBD Deyzenrot Engineering", additional underbody protection, mine and rack equipment in the aft tank, designed to protect against chemical weapons. The main scope of work on modernization of the "Leopard" was held at the enterprises of Singaporean company «ST-Kinetics." The next stage of modernization in Singapore "Leopard Evolution" will include the installation of ADS active defense of the famous German company "Rheinmetall».
Many foreign experts quips that the use of main battle tanks in the territory of Singapore is similar to the plot of the famous joke about the elephant in a china shop. 60-ton monsters of the tower get bogged down in the marshy soil of the island, and tank battles on the territory of Malaysia and Indonesia in general lie in the realm of science fiction, "Leopards" not propolzut jungle and meters.
But Singapore is living with his mind, and he found quite an educated decision for warfare under conditions of Southeast Asia. 350 light tanks of the French AMX-13, weighing 18 tons. All of them were acquired in the 70 years from the IDF and to date went through several cycles of modernization, including the replacement of gasoline engine to diesel, installation of a new powertrain and suspension. Significant changes have undergone a fire control system, there were a thermal imager and laser rangefinder (all - of its own production, from the company «ST Kinetics"). The drives of vertical and horizontal pointing guns become completely electric, but, needless 75 mm gun remained unchanged - Singaporeans do not seem concerned about the installation of the stabilizer, arguing that in the jungle there is no way to fire on the move.
With regard to the basic design, the AMX-13 - original fighting vehicle developed in the early 50 hgodov, front-engine compartment, aluminum armor, and "swinging tower. The French managed to do without charging - a small tower are two drum shop 6 rounds in each force rollback rotates once round the store and rolls on the tray. Then automatically made chambering, the shutter closes and the shot. The device provides a rate of 10-12 rounds per minute. Ammunition shooting, an unarmed tank must find shelter for recharging stores (total 36 rounds ammunition).
Currently, Singapore tanks of this type, designated AMX-13 SM-1 is gradually removed from service, refurbished in vehicle launched bridges and so on. Special machines. Also armed land forces of Singapore could theoretically be six dozen former Israeli tanks' Shot Kal "- modernized the British" Centurion "with 105 mm guns and diesel engines. In recent years, these machines are not found absolutely no mention, but it's possible they are still quietly rusting away somewhere in the storage bases, and perhaps long-dismantled for scrap.