Tactical vehicle RG-31 Nyala

Tactical vehicle RG-31 Nyala

The RG-31 Nyala is a 4×4 multi-purpose mine-protected armoured personnel carrier (APC) manufactured in South Africa by Land Systems OMC, a division of BAE Systems. It is based on the Mamba APC of TFM Industries. The RG-31 is built from a V-shaped all-steel welded armor monocoque hull and high suspension, typical of South African mine protected vehicles, providing excellent small-arms and mine blast protection. The vehicle is designed to resist a blast equivalent to two TM-57 anti-tank mines detonating simultaneously. The RG-31 is classified by the United States Department of Defense as a category 1 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle.

The vehicle accommodates a crew of 8 or 10, including the driver, depending on model. Dismounting is provided via a large rear door and two front doors.

The RG-31 has become the multi-purpose vehicle of choice of the UN and other peacekeeping and security forces. It is finding favour with non-governmental organisations requiring a vehicle with a non-aggressive appearance to protect their personnel against land mines.

Design

The RG-31 is built from a V-shaped all-steel welded armor monocoque hull and high suspension, typical of South African mine protected vehicles, providing excellent small-arms and mine blast protection. The vehicle is designed to resist a blast equivalent to two TM-57 anti-tank mines detonating simultaneously. The RG-31 is classified by the United States Department of Defense as a category 1 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle.

The vehicle accommodates a crew of 8 or 10, including the driver, depending on model. Dismounting is provided via a large rear door and two front doors.

In July 2016, the Letterkenny Army Depot in Pennsylvania rolled out the latest variant of the RG-31, with improvements including an engine upgrade from 275 to 300 hp, a transmission upgrade, independent suspension, 360-degree spotlights for night visibility, and an armored gunner’s hatch. The depot is scheduled to produce 929 improved RG-31s through 2020.

Variants

Variants come in either an armoured personnel carrier (APC) or utility vehicle (cargo) configuration.

  • RG-31 Mk3A – based on Mamba APC
  • RG-31 Mk5
  • RG-31 Mk5E – An extended Mk5 with larger passenger/cargo capacity and superior blast and ballistic protection.
  • RG-31 Mk6E – Enhanced crew protection
  • RG-31 Charger – US Army version of the Mk3 with a Detroit Diesel engine and Mk5 with a Cummins engine
  • RG-31 Sabre – cargo version
  • RG-31M – features a military wiring harness, central tire inflation and several other new characteristics. This vehicle has a crew of 5.
  • RG-31 Agrab; Mortar carrier version with SRAMS (Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System).

Specifications

Weight 7.28 tonne
Length 6.40 m (21 ft)
Width 2.47 m (8.1 ft)
Height 2.63 m (8.63 ft)
Crew 2+6

Primary
armament
weapons mount
Engine Option 1: Daimler-Benz OM 352A, 6-cylinder diesel, 123 hp
Option 2: Iveco Tector F4AE0681D diesel
Option 3: Detroit Diesel
Option 4: Cummins 6.7L QSB, 6-cylinder diesel, 275 hp
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Suspension 4×4-wheeled
Operational
range
900 km (559 mi)
Speed 100 km/h (62 mph)

Operators

  • Canada:
    • Canadian Forces
      • 75 RG-31 Mk3 with Protector (RWS) Remote Weapon Station
    • London Police Service
      • 1x RG-31 Mk3A, currently used by the Emergency Response Team
    • Durham Regional Police Service
      • 1x RG-31 Mk3A, Tactical Rescue Vehicle donated by General Dynamics to the Tactical Response Unit
  • Colombia:
    • National Army of Colombia
      • 4× RG-31 Nyala
  • Spain: 150× RG-31 Mk5E Nyala with Samson remote Weapon Station (+ option for 30 more) already deployed in Lebanon and Afghanistan.
  • Mali: 5× RG-31 Nyala
  • Nigeria: 1× RG-31 Nyala
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • South Africa
  • Rwanda: 76× RG-31 Nyala
  • Senegal
  • Somalia
  • Eswatini: 7× RG-31 Nyala Mk5E, currently used by the Umbutfo Eswatini Defence Force (UEDF).
  • United Arab Emirates: 76× customized RG-31 Mk5
  • United Nations: 30× RG-31 Nyala
  • United States:
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