RG Outrider

The RG Outrider, also known by its original designation RG-32M Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV), is a 4x4 multi-purpose mine-protected armoured personnel carrier (APC) manufactured by BAE Systems of South Africa. It was first introduced in early 2009 as the RG-32M LTV, and was first purchased by Ireland. The vehicle was offered to the US market the following year, re-designated as RG Outrider. It is based on and is the successor to the RG-32M already in service in Afghanistan with the coalition forces. The RG Outrider offers several improvements over its predecessor, including the addition of the V-shaped hull.

RG Outrider
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
Ireland View
South Africa View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa View

In February 2009, BAE Systems announced the introduction of a new variant of the RG-32M, named RG-32M Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV), which was put on display at the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) the same month. The main improvement was the addition of a V-shaped hull, increasing the protection offered. BAE Systems claimed that "the RG32M is mine hardened, but the RG32M LTV is mine protected". Ireland was the first country to purchase the RG-32M LTV, acquiring 27 units for assisting peacekeeping operations. The vehicle was launched for the North American market in early 2010, with the new designation RG Outrider. The company announced in February 2010 that they had demonstrated the RG Outrider to US military commanders at the Nevada Automotive Test Center. It was exhibited at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) winter exposition the same month. It is being marketed in the United States targeting operations in Afghanistan where its predecessor, the RG-32M, has been in use with US, Swedish and Spanish forces.

Type Armoured personnel carrier
MRAP (armored vehicle)
Place of origin South Africa
Service history
Used by Ireland
Production history
Designer BAE Systems
Weight 9,500 kilograms (20,900 lb)
Length 6 metres (20 ft)
Width 2.205 metres (7 ft 2.8 in)
Height 2.190 metres (7 ft 2.2 in)
Crew 2+2
weapons mount
Engine Steyr M16 SCI Turbo charged intercooled
200 kilowatts (270 hp) @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission Allison S1000 5-speed automatic
Suspension 4×4 wheeled
Speed >120 kilometres per hour (75 mph)

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