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RG-41

Armored personnel carrier

RG-41

The RG-41 is an affordable armored vehicle, suitable for multiple theatres

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 3 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 24 - 30 t
Length 7.78 m
Width 2.84 m
Height 2.36 m
Armament
Main gun 25-mm cannon
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Main gun ?
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine Deutz 2015TCD diesel
Engine power 520 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Range 700 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.6 m
Trench 2 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The RG-41 is a new armored personnel carrier, developed by BAE Systems of South Africa. This 8x8 combat vehicle was developed as a private venture. Development commenced in 2008. The RG-41 is based on previous Land Systems OMC prototypes. It extends the RG series of combat proven mine protected vehicles. The RG-41 was designed as an affordable armored vehicle, suitable for various theatres. It is being actively proposed for possible customers around the world. However there have been no sales of this APC to date.

   The RG-41 has a combat weight of 24 - 30 t, depending on the version. This APC has a payload capacity from 5 to 11 t, depending on the version.

   This armored vehicle has a unique mine-protected hull design with a semi V-shaped floor. It consists of five modular blast units bolted together. The hull floor is field repairable due to its modular design. Damaged modules can be replaced individually. Vehicle also has an integrated suspension. This APC has a level of mine protection similar to that of MRAP vehicles. Protection can be configured to meet client demands. Armor protection is modular and field upgradeable.

   The RG-41 can be fitted with light or medium caliber turrets with direct or indirect-fire weapons. Both manned and remotely controlled turrets can be fitted. One of the pre-production vehicles was fitted with remotely controlled weapon station, armed with 25-mm M242 Bushmaster chain gun and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun.

   The RG-41 in APC configuration accommodates 11 soldiers, including commander, driver, gunner and infantry squad of 8 men. Commander is seated behind the driver. Troop compartment is at the rear. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via rear ramp or roof hatches.

   This armored personnel carrier is powered by a Deutz 2015TCD turbocharged diesel engine, developing 520 hp. Another engine developing 560 hp is optional. Engine is located at the front. Engine is mated with a 5-speed automatic transmission. This armored vehicle is built around commercially available automotive components. Vehicle is fitted with a hydropneumatic suspension. Company claims that it has high off-road mobility and obstacle performance. A rear wheel steering is proposed as an option. With this feature the RG-41 has a class-leading turning circle. Tyres of this APC are fitted with run-flat inserts. Even with all tyres penetrated the RG-41 can travel 100 km at a maximum speed of 50 km/h. The RG-41 has a range of 700 km on hard surface roads and 400 km off-road.

   Other proposed variants of the RG-41 include a command vehicle, ambulance, recovery vehicle, engineering vehicle and anti-tank missile carrier.

 

Video of the RG-41 armored personnel carrier

 

 
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