A static display of private aircraft at the Singapore Airshow on Feb. 9. Inside the trade show hall, ST Engineering's display has taken up 2,000 square meters, the largest exhibition space at the show. (ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFP/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE — Singapore-based ST Engineering exhibited a variety of new systems and equipment at the Singapore Airshow in what was the largest exhibition space at the show — 2,000 square meters.
“The exhibits are a concrete demonstration of the group’s response to the needs and requirements of modern military and paramilitary forces,” said an ST Engineering press release.
ST Engineering showed off the new STK 5.56 Bullpup multirole combat rifle and the STK conventional multirole combat rifle, a new family of rifles with multirole capabilities; the bionic regenerative active energy system, which converts the mechanical energy generated by the soldier from moving during missions into electric energy to power soldier systems or other low-power electronic devices; and the new USTAR family of modular unmanned aerial vehicles.
The USTAR series includes a vertical take-off and landing variant with a modular design making it capable of quick assembly. The USTAR-X is a quad-rotor drone with lightweight detachable rotor arms and is capable of autonomous surveillance capabilities within a small package. Then there is the hex-rotor USTAR-Y that incorporates rotor redundancy and non-line-of-sight video link. The USTAR series also utilizes tablet technology as ground control stations.
The new rifles are designed for compactness and “full ambidextrous operations in a highly configurable multirole package,” according to the press release. Both have multirole flexibility for assault, sharpshooter, and suppressive roles and come standard with MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny Rails at the three, six, nine and 12 o’clock positions. The Bullpup rifle is the shortest bullpup-design in the world and the STK rifle is designed with a unique buttstock that allows it to be folded and adjusted.
ST Engineering announced during the show that ST Kinetics has entered a marketing partnership with Michigan-based Gibbs Amphibians Ltd. The partnership concerns the Humdinga, an amphibious truck, which ST Kinetics plans to use to enhance its offering of disaster relief and first responder solutions.
The Humdinga fills the gap in the area of mitigating devastating water-related humanitarian emergencies and in gaining access to areas unreachable by land. The Humdinga is designed to make transitions from land to water modes within seconds. It can be quickly reconfigured for cargo and passenger transport. The vehicle features Gibbs’ proprietary high speed amphibian technology and incorporates innovations in vehicle suspension, water propulsion and wheel-retraction design. The Humdinga is capable of highway speeds on land and in excess of 50 kilometers per hour on water.
ST Kinetics Drive Solutions also announced an exclusive North American manufacturing licensing agreement with Michigan-based L-3 Combat Propulsion Systems (CPS). The agreement provides L-3 CPS with a manufacturing license for the Kinetics HMX sries of infinitely variable transmissions. L-3 CPS will market, manufacture and support the HMX advanced series of transmissions.
ST Engineering also announced that UK-based AmSafe Bridport was displaying its Tarian RPG armor system at the air show this week. It was fitted on a ST Engineering Kinetics’ Bronco all-terrain tracked carrier. This is the first time a fully flexible mounting system had been outfitted on a Bronco for the public. The exhibit builds on a relationship established in 2011 when both companies signed a memorandum of understanding to further cooperation.