Jul 21, 2008
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Engineering News has reported previously that key components for the vehicles, such as the armoured steel, the engines, and the transmissions, are imported into South Africa. Land Systems OMC sources quite a lot of things from South Africa, but these components have to be imported because there is no local manufacturing capability. The company sources its armoured steel from a number of plants around the world, so it has more that one option. The imported inputs together amount to about 50% by value of each RG31; however, the labour is 100% South African. So about 60% to 70% of the total value of the South African manufacturing contracts stays in the country
In should be noted that another 295 RG31s were manufactured under licence in the US, also for the Marines. The there are the Benoni company's RG33 4x4 and RG33L 6x6 MRAP vehicles, specifically designed and developed to meet the specifications and requirements of the US military, and produced under licence in the US, bringing in millions of rands in royalties to the Benoni company. Until now, the US had ordered a total of 2 182 RG33s of both types. The new order takes the total to 2 222. The success of this programme has demonstrated the company's ability to rapidly design and prototype vehicles for specific user requirements.
The RG31 is a 4x4 vehicle with a V-shaped monocoque welded steel hull, and comes in amroured personnel carrier (APC), ambulance, and utility vehicle variants. In APC form it can accomodate a driver and up to nine other troops. The utility version can carry cargo or mount weapons, such as an 81 mm mortar, or a 106 mm recoilless rifle, or a 20 mm cannon. The RG31 Mk 5 has a 205 kW powerplant. Maximum speed is 105 km/h. The Mark 5 is 6,6 m in length, has a width of 2,47 m, a height of 2,727 m, a wheelbase of 3,425 m, and a ground clearance of 0,389 m. The payload is 3 700 kg.
The RG33 is a medium weight vehicle with a gross vehicle mass of 22 t - which means it can be airlifted in a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft which is, for the Americans, a tactical aircraft - with a payload capacity of 7 t. It features a V-shaped hull of the latest design, providing enhanced protection, and is armoured against 7,62 mm machine gun fire. Its large, armoured, windows provide excellent vision for its crew and embarked troops, and the vehicle can itself mount a machine gun - fitted with an armoured but transparent shield for the gunner - or, alternatively, a remotely-controlled weapons station.
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