An order for a further 48 vehicles is already under discussion.
The production process is already underway at Land Systems OMC’s Benoni, South Africa factory, for delivery in the first and second quarters of 2006.
The RG-31 (MK3A) is a world-renowned mine-protected armoured personnel carrier (MP APC) in service globally with various peace-keeping organisations and armies – including the US Army which placed an order for 148 earlier this year.
“The RG-31s for the UAE have been customised according to client needs, with Stanag Level 2 protection against armour-piercing ammunition, more powerful engine, upgraded air-conditioning and additional side doors,” said Simon Keith, Regional Managing Director BAE Systems Middle East, India and Africa.
Land Systems OMC, working with their UAE distributor in Abu Dhabi, International Golden Group, won this order in the face of competition from other mine-protected vehicle suppliers.
The officers of the U.A.E. Armed forces who visited Land Systems OMC’s production facilities near Johannesburg, were impressed with the technology, agility and response of South Africa’s premier armoured vehicle manufacturer and its combat-proven mine-protection technology.
The South Africans were equally impressed with their UAE counterparts. “IGG executives and UAE Armed Forces were extremely professional in their assessment and execution,” Marinus du Plessis, Marketing Executive for Land Systems OMC responsible for the order.
The RG-31 has received numerous accolades from users who have survived attacks by mines and other Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) – in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Crew and vehicle surviveability is achieved through applied system engineering techniques and utilisation of Land Systems OMC’s unrivalled knowledge-base gained through service feedback from operations in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Balkans.
The RG-31 is already utilised by other peacekeeping operations in the Middle East, along with Land Systems OMC’s sister vehicle, the RG-12, which is successfully deployed in three countries in the region– the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
In 2002, prior to the company’s 2004 purchase by BAE SYSTEMS, Land Systems OMC (then Alvis OMC) sold a number of RG-12 armoured personnel carriers to the Dubai Police Force.
Tuesday, November 15- 2005 @ 11:44 UAE local time (GMT+4) Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Mediaquest FZ LLC.