RG34 (TRT-25)

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Introduction:
During 2002 the Industrial and Automotive Design (IAD) from South Africa set out to developed compact and agile mine-protected 4x4 vehicle known as the FV4 “Iguana” for the Belgium defence firm Sabiex as part of a private venture for the export market. During 2009 BAE Land Systems OMC from South Africa acquired the intellectual property of the FV4 “Iguana” from Sabiex, now labeled the RG34 and becoming part of the RG family of vehicles. BAE Land Systems OMC developed various RG34 variants, such as an armed scout equipped with the TRT-25 turret, a fire support variant equipped with an Eland-90 turret and a tank destroyer variant equipped with the ALRRT-4M turret. For this forum post we will focus on the RG34 fitted with the TRT-25 turret. The TRT-25 (Tactical Remote Turret) featured a M242 Bushmaster 25mm cannon as its primary weapon and a 7.62mm MG as the secondary. The turret also featured a stabilised thermal imaging sight laser range finder and smoke grenades.

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Specifications:

Main Armament: one 25mm M242 Bushmaster

Secondary: one 7.62mm MG

Elevation: -15º to +55º

Crew: 4 (driver, gunner, commander, loader)

Engine: Turbocharged intercooled

Horsepower: 215hp (160kW)

Gearbox: five-speed (automatic)

Top Speed: 105km/h

Thermal/Night sight: Yes

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Primary sources:

BAE Systems RG34 Brochure
Surviving the Ride written by Steve camp and Helmoed Romer Heitman (page 306-309)
Denel brochure TRT: http://admin.denel.co.za/uploads/d48661a80f43cd3d26d87e76812beec2.pdf

Secondary sources:

DefenceWeb (BAE Systems announces RG34): BAE Systems announces RG34 | defenceWeb

Army Technology (RG34 Multi-Purpose Mine Protected Vehicle (MPMPV): https://www.army-technology.com/projects/rg34-mine-protected-vehicle/

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