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RG-35 RPU

Mine resistant ambush protected vehicle

RG-35 RPU

The RG-35 RPU is a MRAP, optimized for reconnaissance and utility missions

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 1 men
Personnel 9 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) ~ 14 t
Weight (combat) 21 t
Length 5.28 m
Width 2.7 m
Height 2.55 m
Armament
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine Cummins ISL diesel
Engine power 450 hp
Maximum road speed over 90 km/h
Range ~ 700 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording ~ 1 m

 

   The RG-35 RPU (Reconnaissance Patrol and Utility) is a 4x4 version of the RG-35 mine resistant ambush protected vehicle. However it differs from its predecessor almost in every way. It is a smaller MRAP vehicle, intended for reconnaissance, patrol and utility missions. It was developed by BAE Systems as a private venture. This vehicle was revealed in 2011. It is mainly aimed at export customers. This MRAP vehicle competed to meet Canadian Tactical Armored Patrol Vehicle requirement, but it was not selected. It received no production orders to date.

   The RG-35 RPU is intended for asymmetric warfare, where ambushed and mines are likely to be encountered. Armor of this vehicle provides protection against small arms fire, landmines and IED blasts. Also it has a V-shaped mine protected hull, which deflects mine blasts away from the vehicle.

   Vehicle is prepared for, but not fitted with remotely controlled weapon station. RCWS can be armed with 12.7-mm machine gun or 40-mm automatic grenade launcher.

   This mine protected vehicle accommodates driver and up to 9 troops. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via rear doors. In case of emergency troops leave the vehicle via roof hatches. The RG-35 RPU can be also modified to transport cargo.

   The RG-35 4x4 is a mine resistant vehicle, however its mobility was not sacrificed for mine protection. It has high level of cross-country mobility. Vehicle is powered by Cummins ISL multi-fuel diesel engine, developing 450 hp. Engine is located in the middle of the hull, behind the driver. This feature creates more internal volume and increases all-round flexibility, comparing with traditional layout, when engine is mounted at the front. Engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It is claimed that up to 80% of the components are interchangeable between the 4x4 and 6x6 versions. Vehicle also uses a number of commercially available automotive components to simplify maintenance.

 

Variants

 

   RG35 Motorized Infantry Vehicle (MIV). It was publicly revealed in 2014. It has a more conventional appearance. This new vehicle is longer. There is an extra door for the dismounts on the right side. It has the same level of ballistic and mine protection. The RG35 MIV is powered by the same Cummins diesel engine. Another engine, developing 600 hp is optional. Maximum road speed is 105 km/h. The new vehicle is 5.96 m long, 2.6 m wide and 2.4 m tall. Height can be reduced to 2.25 m for transportation by air. Empty RG35 MIV can be airlifted by a C-130 Hercules tactical cargo aircraft.

 

Video of the RG-35 RPU mine resistant ambush protected vehicle

 

 
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