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The mine-resistant, ambush-protected 6x6 SUV

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February 7, 2007

The mine-resistant, ambush-protected 6x6 SUV

The mine-resistant, ambush-protected 6x6 SUV

February 8, 2007 For when the alternatives to not getting there just don’t bear thinking about, (or if your neighbour has a Hummer), perhaps give some thought to BAE Systems’ new 6x6 RG33. It’s designed with all the latest next-generation technology to help keep soldiers safe from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), small arms, heavy machine gun fire and mines. The highly survivable RG33 incorporates a monocoque V-shaped hull design leveraging knowledge gained in recent and ongoing conflicts, and offers significant interior volume for crew and mission equipment. The base model exceeds the survivability of all currently-fielded mine protected vehicles and the optional extras include tailorable armor packages, blast-resistant seating, transparent armor and unique reconfigurable interior stations. The power train platforms is designed to handle upgrades and enhancements.

BAE Systems was awarded an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract Jan. 26 and a first delivery order for two 4x4 and two 6x6 vehicles from the company's RG33 family of vehicles for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) program for testing, with possible delivery orders for up to a total of 4,100 systems. Following these initial delivery orders, the Government may place additional delivery orders for production of up to 4,100 MRAP vehicles in two categories. The Government has stated its intent to deploy vehicles procured under the MRAP program to Iraq and Afghanistan. "BAE Systems fully understands that today's survivability requirements pose technical and operational challenges that require the capabilities of an experienced and proven combat vehicle developer," said John Swift, MRAP Program Manager for BAE Systems at its Quantico, Virginia office. "As a world leader in developing and fielding high performance mine-hardened and mine-protected vehicles, BAE Systems' RG33 family leverages the best expertise from four decades of designing these types of vehicles in South Africa, and our long history of providing high survivability combat vehicles in the U.S.," Swift said. "The company's ongoing internal research and development efforts have driven the development of survivability solutions that will provide significant benefit to the Marines and soldiers that will rely on these vehicles." Under this IDIQ contract, BAE Systems will deliver all four vehicles in 60 days for testing, and provide associated vehicle support. The production-ready RG33 family of vehicles is BAE Systems' next-generation system that incorporates the latest designs in protecting against Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) small arms, heavy machine gun fire and mines. The highly survivable RG33 incorporates a monocoque V-shaped hull design leveraging knowledge gained in recent and ongoing conflicts, and offers significant interior volume for crew and mission equipment. The RG33 vehicle family is designed to address demanding requirements based on today's threats by delivering enhanced blast protection to the crew inside. The RG33 is available with base protection against medium machine gun or small arms fire and mine blast protection at a level equal to or exceeding any fielded mine protected vehicle. RG33 vehicles may be equipped with tailorable armor packages, as well. Advanced crew and passenger survivability is obtained through blast-resistant seating technology, transparent armor and unique reconfigurable interior stations. The platforms are designed with a power train equipped to handle upgrades and enhancements. BAE Systems will deliver the mine protected RG33 vehicle in 4x4 and 6x6 versions to the urgent requirements of the Nation's armed forces. The company has multiple tactical wheeled vehicles in production now and skilled employees with mine hardened vehicle production expertise in low-cost, low-risk U.S. production facilities, leveraging BAE Systems' proven capability in rapidly producing and fielding highly survivable vehicles for armies around the world. BAE Systems used the latest design, modelling and simulation tools at its facilities in Santa Clara, California and in Benoni, South Africa to rapidly prototype and produce the first vehicle in the series, the 6x6 RG33L, unveiled last fall at the Association of the U.S. Army's Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Washington, D.C. The vehicle family is mission configurable for Infantry Carrier, Ambulance, Command and Control, Convoy Escort, Explosive Ordnance Disposal and other roles and is recoverable by another RG33. The vehicle features on-board exportable power for C4I and other mission equipment.

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