The new BAE Systems OMC 8×8 RG41 wheeled armoured combat vehicle unveiled at the Eurosatory exhibition in Paris today boasts what the Benoni-based business says is a unique modular mine protected design that allows field repair to the hull – not just to the suspension and driveline.
The company says the lower hull structure of the RG41 consists of five modular units joined together and bolted under the top structure of the vehicle. Any damaged modules can be removed and replaced individually with prefabricated replacement sections. This task can be completed by second line maintenance in an operational theatre, saving time and money, says
Dennis Morris, President of Global Tactical Systems, the BAE Systems business unit Land Sytems South Africa and OMC answers to.
“The RG41 offers exceptional protection, capability and flexibility,” Morris adds. “Current conflicts require maintenance and repairs be done in the field and the RG41’s unique design allows operators to achieve their missions while maximising vehicle operational readiness. RG41 represents the ultimate synthesis of combat power and affordability, ideal for conventional and unconventional units,” he adds.
The new 8×8 can carry a range of light and medium turrets as well as direct and indirect-fire weapons. Its design enables easy development for different variants. It can be configured as a command vehicle, section combat vehicle, ambulance, engineering vehicle or customised for various other customer missions, the company adds.
RG41 basic information:
Gross mass: 30 000kg
Payload: 11 000kg
Accommodation: Driver + 10 crew