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New mine-protected vehicle launched at defense exhibition
by Richard Tomkins
London (UPI) Sep 18, 2014

EDA spotlights training in manually defusing IEDs
Vienna (UPI) Sep 18, 2014 - A two-week training exercise on manually neutralizing improvised explosive devices has been conducted by the European Defense Agency.

EDA said 14 ordnance disposal experts from Austria, Germany, Italy, Ireland, and Sweden took part in the intensive Manual Neutralization Exercise, which was held earlier this month at the Austrian Army's Logistics School in Vienna.

"The aim of the exercise was to give participants the chance to use and develop these (manual neutralization) skills in a highly demanding, multi-national environment," the agency said. "Over the two-week period, they were given a series of different and increasingly complex scenarios and devices to deal with."

Manual neutralization of an IED occurs in situations when standoff measures, using a robot, for example, cannot be used.

The exercise was part of the EDA's Manual Neutralization Techniques Courses and Exercises program and was the second such event held in Austria this year, EDA said.

EDA is an agency of the European Union, running and supporting cooperative European defense projects; supporting research and technology development; boosting the European defence technological and industrial base; and providing a forum for ministries of defense.

A new mine-protected combat vehicle has been introduced into BAE System's RG series of vehicles.

The RG21, launched at a defense exhibition in South Africa earlier this week, combines the battle proven protection with a commercially available host vehicle driveline, running gear, and electronics.

"Protecting soldiers is the top priority for any force and doing so cost effectively provides a great benefit to our customers," said Johan Steyn, managing director of BAE's Land Systems South Africa. "The design concept used means this new vehicle can be manufactured and supported by local partners in any country."

The RG21 features a modular interior layout through the use of an interchangeable mounting rail system. Mission interfaces in the vehicle enables reconfiguration of the vehicle for different roles through the use of kits.

Protection levels are 46 pounds under each wheel and nearly 31 pounds under the hull.

"Designed for cost, manufacturability, and supportability, the RG21 will provide the optimum level of off-the-shelf capabilities of proven mine protected vehicles," the company said. "The vehicle incorporates a high level of design maturity due to the large amount of commercial off-the-shelf items used in the driveline and powertrain."

Iveco Defense Vehicles worked with BAE Systems to develop the RG21, BAE Systems said.


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