RG-33 USSOCOM / RG-33 USSOCOM Plus
RG-33L 6x6 / RG-33L Plus 6x6
RG-33L Heavy Armored Ground Ambulance (HAGA) / RG-33L HAGA Plus
RG-33L USSOCOM Armored Utility Vehicle (AUV)
Panther Medium Mine Protected Vehicle (MMPV)
BAE Systems' RG-33 family of vehicles, built by their Land Systems OMC subsidiary, incorporated designs in protecting against Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) small arms, heavy machine gun fire and mines that had come out of a history of building such vehicles as the RG-12 and RG-31. The RG-33 incorporated a monocoque V-shaped hull design and offers significant interior volume for crew and mission equipment.
The RG-33 vehicle family was designed to address requirements based on various threats by delivering enhanced blast protection to the vehicle's crew. The RG33 was available with base protection against medium machine gun (7.62mm) or small arms fire (5.56mm) and mine blast protection. RG-33 vehicles could be equipped with tailorable armor packages, as well. Advanced crew and passenger survivability was obtained through blast-resistant seating technology, transparent armor and unique reconfigurable interior stations. The platforms were designed with a power train equipped to handle upgrades and enhancements.
BAE Systems offered the vehicle in 4x4 (RG-33) and 6x6 (RG-33L) versions that were mission configurable for Infantry Carrier, Ambulance, Command and Control, Convoy Escort, Explosive Ordnance Disposal and other roles and was recoverable by another RG-33. The vehicle featured on-board exportable power for C4I and other mission equipment. The US military acquired both the RG-33 and RG-33L vehicles. Prompted by the MRAP II program, protection against Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFP) was developed for the RG-33 series of vehicles, leading to the RG-33 Plus and RG-33L Plus variants. RG-33Ls in the ambulance configuration, known as the Heavy Armored Ground Ambulance (HAGA), were acquired, as were vehicles tailored to support the mission of US Special Operations Forces. Another variant for the US Special Operations Forces, but based on the RG-33L, and known as the RG-33L USSOCOM Armored Utility Vehicle (AUV) rounded out the variants acquired by the US Military through the closure of the end of RG-33 production in November 2008.
The HAGA offered a spacious interior and universal mount system could be reconfigured to meet mission needs of the driver, a 2-man crew, medics and patients. The HAGA's design features allowed the medic to administer to 3 critical patients in reconfigurable litter stations. When the litter racks were folded in a stowed position, the medic could attend to as many as 6 ambulatory ("walking wounded") patients in a bench seating configuration. To meet its mission requirements, the HAGA had more storage capacity for medical care items, medical equipment, and oxygen tanks. A EFP protected HAGA Plus variant was also developed.
The RG-33 USSOCOM variant was based on the RG-33 4x4, with features designed to meet the requirements of US Special Operations Command. These included a remote weapon station, swing arm mounts, internal seating for eight, integrated unique SOCOM equipment, C4ISR integration, and a rear door assist. A EFP protected USSOCOM Plus variant was also developed. The larger USSOCOM AUV was intended to provide critical cargo carrying capability with an ability to haul up to 12,000 pounds, and towing loads weighing up to 30,000 pounds.
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