by Richard Tomkins
London (UPI) Sep 18, 2014
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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