The RG-35 MRAP was introduced in 2009 as a 6×6 vehicle and a 4×4 version has also been developed with the designers intending to make it a new family of vehicles. Described by BAE Systems as a “new class of vehicle” combining the capabilities of a 4×4 mine protected vehicle and a 8×8 combat vehicle, the RG-35 can be utilized in a variety of roles
The RG-35 can offer STANAG 4569 level 4 protection (10 kg (explosive mass) Blast AT Mine / Artlliery 155 mm High Explosive at 30m / The 14.5×114 mm (.57 Cal) round) due to its V-shaped hull and 15 cubic metres (530 cu ft) of under-armour, and is equipped with armoured glass windows that can provide all-round situational awareness to the personnel inside. Its payload capability is 15,000 kilograms (33,000 lb), which also allows extra armour to be added without reducing performance. Additional 120 millimetres (4.7 in) thick armour can be added to the V-hull, while 50 millimetres (2.0 in) thick additional armour can be added to the sides. The RG-35 can be transported in an Airbus A400M or larger aircraft.
It is powered by a Cummins diesel engine, although it can also accommodate hybrid electric drive. The vehicle can be fitted with light or medium gun turrets, allowing it to be equipped with a wide range of weapons.
The RG-35 MRAP Specifications
Place of origin South Africa
Designer Land Systems OMC
Manufacturer BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa
Variants RG-35 6×6 and 4×4
Weight 18.13 tonnes
Length 7.4 metres (24 ft)
Width 2.5 metres (8 ft 2 in)
Height 2.7 metres (8 ft 10 in)
Primary armament light/ medium gun turret
Engine 550 hp Cummins diesel
Payload capacity 15,000 kilograms
Transmission ZF 6HP
Ground clearance 458mm
Operational range 1,000 kilometres
Top Road Speed 115 km/h
Also available in a 4×4 platform
the all-new RG35 Mine Protected RPU (Reconnaissance, Patrol and Utility) vehicle. Click here for manufacturers brochure
A new version was exhibited in 2012 at a South African show fitted with a TRT-B25 (Tactical Remote Turret).
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