BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa has expanded its RG35 family of wheeled armoured combat vehicles with the rapid development of the RG35 Motorised Infantry Vehicle (MIV). This features an all-welded steel-armoured hull, which can be provided with scalable levels of ballistic protection up to STANAG 4569 A Level 4 and mine protection to STANAG 4569 B Level 4a/4b.
The RG35 MIV being shown at Eurosatory is fitted with the BAE Systems SD remote weapon station armed with a machine gun, but a wide range of other weapons can be fitted, including two-person turrets armed with 20mm or 30mm cannon.
As well as the commander, gunner and driver, the RG35 MIV has seven dismounts seated on individual blast-attenuating seats. They can rapidly leave the vehicle via a large power operated ramp at the rear or a door in the right side of the hull.
Situational awareness over the frontal arc has been improved with a new window for the commander and driver. Ballistic windows are provided in the sides and rear.
The interior volume of the RG35 MIV has been raised to 12m3 by increasing the overall width of the hull, achieved by the removal of the external stowage bins.
The powerpack is to the rear of the driver on the left side and consists of a Cummins 450hp diesel coupled to a ZF fully automatic transmission. With a gross vehicle weight of 21 tonnes, the RG35 MIV has a good powerto- weight ratio of more than 22hp/tonne.
The RG35 MIV is being marketed alongside the RG35 Reconnaissance, Patrol and Utility version.