BAE Systems fields RG35


BAE Systems has unveiled a new mine protected multi-purpose fighting vehicle.

The 6×6 RG35 is the latest addition to BAE Systems’ battle-proven RG range of armoured vehicles.

The company rolled out the RG35 at the Defence Systems & Equipment International (DSEi) exhibition in London this morning.

The RG35 combines the high levels of survivability of the RG31 Mine Protected

Vehicle with much of the tactical capability of a modern combat vehicle, the company says.

BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa MD Johan Steyn says the RG35 incorporates the best of 30 years experience in mobility, protection and sustainability, while meeting current challenges and threats.

It further meets modern warfare protection requirements, but also offers tactical on-and off-road mobility.

“RG35 offers unprecedented versatility and will be equally suitable in peace support and conventional operations,” says Steyn. “We continuously develop and enhance our vehicles to support our customers` operational needs.”

The vehicle is designed to carry light and medium turrets as well as direct and indirect-fire weapons. It can also be configured as an ambulance, weapon carrier or command post.

Furthermore, the RG35 can be scaled as a 4×4 or 6×6 to meet customer needs.

The 6×6 variant is 7.4m in length, 2.5m in width and 2.7m in height with a ground clearance of 0.458m. The gross vehicle mass is 33mt with a payload of 14.870mt and 15sqm volume under armour. The RG35 has a turning circle of 15m and seats driver plus 15 crew members.

The design follows the acquisition in June of the right to develop and manufacture the IADSA Iguana FV4 under the designation RG34 and the rapid development of the RG33 in both 4×4 and 6×6 versions in late 2006.

The RG35 may well be the company`s entry for the SA Army`s armoured personnel carrier replacement programme, Project Sepula, which sources say should get underway by 2012.

The Army`s four regular and six reserve motorised infantry battalions as well as its one regular and three reserve internal stability battalions will need at least 1232 MRAP vehicles to replace elderly the Casspir and Mamba.