RG41 (RCG30)

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Introduction:
During 2008 South African Defence Firm Land Systems OMC started the RG41 project to meet the increasing demand for a mine protected vehicles in the modern combat environment. The RG41 is an 8x8 mine resistant infantry fighting vehicle, able to be equip a variety of different turrets. Other RG41 variants included an infantry section vehicle, a command vehicle, an ambulance, recovery vehicle and engineer vehicle. During 2010 BAE Land Systems OMC (at the time part of BAE) would unveil RG41 for the first time at the Eurosatory Defence expo in France. After the initial reveal the RG41 would continue to make multiple appearances at the African Aerospace & Defence expo (AAD) and at the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX). The RG41 project now part of Denel has been fitted with a variety of turrets over the years, at the time of writing this includes the TRT-25, TRT-30, LCT-30 and the RCG30 turret. For this forum post we will be focusing on the RG41 fitted with the RCG30 turret at the 2019 IDEX. The RCG30 is a new remote operated turret developed by Denel, fitted with a stabilised 30mm CamGun and a co-axial 7.62mm MG. The turret also features systems such as a laser range finder, thermal imaging camera and a gun fire detection system. It’s also worth noting at the 2019 IDEX, as part of a capability demonstration the RG41 was fitted with the Zaslin (hard-kill) active protection system from Ukraine.

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Specifications:

Main Armament: one Denel GI-30 (30mm) CamGun

Ammunitions type: APFSDS, SAPHEI

Secondary: one 7.62mm MG

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

Weight: 20,2t

Engine: Deutz 2015TCD V6

Horsepower: 530hp (390kW)

Gearbox: Denel ZF5HP902 gearbox

Top Speed: 100 km/h

Thermal/Night sight: Yes

Smoke grenades: Yes

Warning receiver: Yes

APS: Optional

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Primary sources

Denel RG41 Brochure: http://admin.denel.co.za/uploads/70fce552c51baef8583020949d31cd77.pdf

Denel (Prominent Presence For Denel At Middle Eastern Defence Show): Prominent Presence For Denel At Middle Eastern Defence Show | Denel SOC Ltd

Secondary sources:

Army Recognition (Denel Vehicle Systems discussing RCG30 vehicle-mounted turret with UAE): Denel Vehicle Systems discussing RCG30 vehicle-mounted turret with UAE | June 2019 Global Defense Security army news industry | Defense Security global news industry army 2019 | Archive News year

DefenceWeb (Denel Vehicle Systems upbeat about new RCG30 CamGun turret): Denel Vehicle Systems upbeat about new RCG30 CamGun turret | defenceWeb

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Now this one is probably my favorite, if only for the Zaslin APS. +1