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RG-35

Mine resistant ambush protected vehicle

RG-35

The RG-35 combines mine protection with greater conventional warfare capabilities.

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 1 men
Personnel 15 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 18.1 t
Length 7.4 m
Width 2.5 m
Height 2.7 m
Armament
Main gun ?
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine Cummins diesel
Engine power 550 hp
Maximum road speed 150 km/h
Range 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 1 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m

 

   The RG-35 is a multi-purpose mine-protected armored vehicle. It was developed as a private venture by BAE Systems in South Africa. Development commenced in 2008. It was developed with experience gained from the Ratel IFV and RG-31 MRAP. The RG-35 combines mine protection with greater conventional warfare capabilities. Developers claim that it creates a new category of armored fighting vehicles. It is similar in concept to the Serbian Lazar. The new vehicle was unveiled in 2009. Company sais, that it is aimed mainly at export customers from developing countries, that can't afford to have dedicated fighting vehicles and dedicated mine protected vehicles. The RG-35 is a vehicle that can do both.

   It seems that RG-35 has much in common with iKlwa armored personnel carrier. Vehicle has a V-shaped mine protected hull, which is the legacy from RG-31. It is designed to carry extra armor. Maximum level of protection with add-on armor is against 14.5-mm armor-piercing rounds. Vehicle can also withstand mine explosions equivalent 10 kg of TNT.

   This armored vehicle provides accommodation for the driver and 15 troops. Occupants enter and leave the vehicle via the rear doors or roof hatches.

   The RG-35 can be fitted with various remotely-controlled weapon stations, or one-person turrets, armed with direct or indirect-fire weapons. Up to 20-mm caliber weapons can be fitted. This MRAP has a payload capacity of 14 870 kg.

   Engine of the RG-35 is mounted behind the cab. It is worth mentioning that engines of other MRAP vehicles are usually mounted at the front or at the rear. This feature creates more internal volume and increases all-round flexibility, comparing with conventional layout. The whole powerpack including engine and gearbox assembly can be removed within 30 minutes. Vehicle is powered by a Cummins turbocharged diesel engine, developing 550 hp. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It is worth mentioning that the RG-35 is designed for, but not with, hybrid electric drive. In this case diesel engine acts as a generator, providing power to the electric motors, attached to each of the wheels and driving the wheels. A number of commercially available automotive components were used. This MRAP has mobility of traditional wheeled combat vehicle. It can be airlifted by a Airbus A400M Atlas or similar military cargo aircraft.

   The RG-35 MRAP can be tailored to meet customer requirements. Vehicle can be configured in all common variants of the fighting unit to meet various mission requirements. These variants include armored ambulance, command vehicle, weapon carrier and others. The RG-35 can also be customized in various sizes and drive configurations, such as 4x4 and 6x6.

 

Variants

 

   Improved version of the RG-35. It was revealed in 2012. Vehicle has a redesigned front end and some other improvements;

   The RG-35 RPU (Reconnaissance Patrol Utility) is a smalled 4x4 version. It was revealed in 2011. This vehicle is intended for reconnaissance, patrol and utility missions. It can be also modified to transport cargo;

   The RG-35 MIV (Motorized Infantry Vehicle) is also a 4x4 version. It was revealed in 2014. It has a more conventional appearance than the RG-35 RPU. This new vehicle is longer. There is an extra door for the dismounts.

 

 
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