BAE Systems announces RG34
Written by defenceWeb, Tuesday, 23 June 2009
BAE Systems has acquired the South African designed and developed Iguana light armoured vehicle and will rebrand it the RG34.
The vehicle will be marketed to military, peace-keeping and security authorities globally.
Iguana was developed by IADSA under contract from Sabiex in
BAE Systems` Land Systems South Africa MD Johan Steyn says the acquisition of the armoured vehicle is consistent with the company`s strategy to develop its South African market capabilities.
BAE Systems will continue to develop the RG34 to further enhance its operational versatility and appeal.
"Growing our business organically and through acquisitions is a vital strategy for us. Acquiring a mature, light armoured vehicle such as the RG34 to compliment our product range, is an important step that will provide additional growth opportunities for the South African business," says Steyn.
The company will display the RG34 at the defenceWeb Peacekeeping Conference at Gallagher Estates in Midrand tomorrow.
One of the RG34`s unique features is its specially designed, multi-link hydro-pneumatic suspension, which is mounted on a very rigid structure. This provides the vehicle with excellent road performance, a small turning circle and comfortable clearance over humps.
As is the case with most of the other members of the RG family of vehicles, the RG34 is mine-resistant, having undergone extensive mine-blast tests and verifications.
The vehicle is suitable for multi purpose light operations such as reconnaissance, patrol, command and control and specialist support (e.g. ambulance), light armour combat (weapon platforms and armoured personnel carrier) and security.
BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa`s recent export success with its RG products has established the Benoni-based company as one of the world`s leading supplier of mine-resistant and armour proof vehicles. Its products are in service with numerous military, peace-keeping, police and public security authorities across the globe.
Top stories this week
- Feature: Denel Overberg Test Range targeting growth
- Denel ISM upgrading Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre in conjunction with Airbus
- SA Radar Interest Group to host radar conference
- Somalia receives armoured vehicles from UAE
- Israeli offers counter terror expertise to Kenya as police seek new equipment
- Italy, France, Germany sign European drone project
- Denel finishes acquisition of BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa
- Explosions, gunfire hit opposition rally in southern Nigeria
- Nigerian Police Force takes delivery of 259 patrol vans and 14 light armoured vehicles
- Uganda and Burundi to get ex-US MRAPs
- BAE Systems launches new RG vehicle
- Engineers develop smart aircraft skins which can detect injury
- Obama orders review of U.S. police use of military hardware
- BAE Land Systems SA to be sold to Denel
- Mechem about to ship first Casspir wide body ambulances
Saab's latest Carl-Gustaf M4 for the first time presented at CANSEC
by Saab, 28 May 2015
The man-portable shoulder-fired weapon, weighing less than 7kg, is on display for the first time in Canada.
Saab, DigitalGlobe announce Vricon joint venture to create the globe in 3D
by Saab, 27 May 2015
The JV will produce photorealistic 3D products and digital elevation models globally for enterprise and government geospatial markets.
Executive appointment brings new vision, expertise to SPP
by Nautic Africa, 26 May 2015
Cape Town-based Southern Power Products has strengthened its executive team with the appointment of Jacques Brümmer as CEO.
Paramount's Anti-Poaching and K9 Academy scoops top global, South African awards for best PR campaign
by Paramount Group, 22 May 2015
The company was awarded a Gold Sabre in the Geographic Category for Africa for Paramount's K9 Anti-Poaching Awareness Campaign.
Saab receives order for artillery ammunition
by Saab, 20 May 2015
Work on the SEK 114 million order will be performed by Saab's subsidiary, Saab Bofors Dynamics Switzerland.
Airbus Defence and Space launches satellite data management solution for machine-to-machine networks
by AIRBUS Defence & Space, 5 May 2015
The satellite data management solution for machine-to-machine networks provides visibility and control of satellite data in a single multi-device solution.