RG-35

RG-35, is a South African mine resistant ambush protected vehicle developed by Land Systems OMC, a subsidiary of BAE Systems. The RG-35 was introduced in 2009 as a 6x6 vehicle, and a 4x4 version is also under development 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 4x4 mine protected vehicle and a 8x8 combat vehicle, the RG-35 can be utilized in a variety of roles, including command, ambulance or recovery vehicle.

Its large payload capability allows additional armour to be added to the RG-35, which can offer protection of up to STANAG 4569 level 4. 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.


RG-35
Class Vehicle
Type Armoured Fighting Vehicle
Manufacturer BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa
Origin South Africa
Country Name Origin Year
South Africa 2009
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
South Africa View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa View

Land Systems OMC, a subdivision of BAE Systems in South Africa, began development of the RG-35 in early 2008 as a private venture. Based on BAE Systems' existing RG range including the RG-31 Nyala, RG-32 Scout and the RG-33, it was intended to be a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) that could offer a high level of protection, high payload capability as well as a high level of cross-country mobility. Development of the vehicle was completed in a year, and it was unveiled to the public in September 2009 at the Defence Systems and Equipment International (DSEi) exhibition in London. BAE systems described it as a combination of a 4x4 mine protected vehicle and a 8x8 combat vehicle, calling it a groundbreaking new class of vehicle. The RG-35 displayed at the DSEi was the standard 6x6 version. However, BAE Systems are also developing a 4x4 version, intending to make the RG-35 into a new family of vehicles. The 4x4 version is expected to become operational by late 2010. The company has expressed confidence in obtaining orders for the RG-35, and it has been speculated that it may be submitted to the British Army's Light Protected Patrol Vehicle project as well as for the South African Army's Project Sepula, which seeks to replace their Casspir and Mamba Armoured Personnel Carriers.

Type MRAP (armored vehicle)
Place of origin South Africa
Production history
Designer Land Systems OMC
Designed 2008
Manufacturer BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa
Produced 2009
Variants RG-35 6x6 and 4x4 (Specifications below pertain to the 6x6 variant)
Specifications
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)
Crew 1+15
Main
armament
light/ medium gun turret
Engine Cummins diesel
410 kilowatts (550 hp)
Payload capacity 15,000 kilograms (33,000 lb)
Transmission ZF 6HP
Ground clearance 458 millimetres (18.0 in)
Operational
range
1,000 kilometres (620 mi)
Speed 115 kilometres per hour (71 mph)

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