BAE Systems’ Displays Latest Amoured Vehicle Developmen
ABU DHABI, UAE – BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa is now offering an enhanced mine protected variant of the successful RG32M, providing even greater crew safety and blast survivability. The latest variant has a V-shaped hull that protects the crew against armour piercing (AP) rifle fire and anti-tank mine detonations.
BAE Systems recently received its first order for this new variant from Ireland. The initial contract is for 27 vehicles and deliveries will commence later this year.
Although the vehicle is a fully fledged light armoured vehicle it sacrifices none of the mobility, agility and ground clearance of its predecessor. The RG32M Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) has a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of only 9 tons, classifying it as a light mine protected patrol vehicle. A model of the new variant will be on show at the IDEX exhibition in Abu Dhabi (22-26 February 2009).
It was initially designed as an all-purpose, mine hardened vehicle with integrated ballistic protection for convoy support, patrol, liaison and reconnaissance missions. In the latest LTV configuration it offers more internal crew space, due to 200mm wider hull and 50mm increased head space. Windows are externally mounted providing improved side-blast protection while also freeing up space inside the cabin.
Other features are an improved 2-ton payload capability and a newly designed load bay which can accommodate a variety of mission-specific equipment, increasing the RG32M’s versatility. The vehicle can also be easily fitted with mission-specific communications and weapons systems, making it a highly tactical vehicle capable of operating in most climates and environmental conditions.
With its high Commercial-Of-The-Shelf (COTS) content, the RG32M provides a cost effective through-life solution with a minimal logistics footprint and the ability to be reconfigured with customer required mission equipment.
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