BAE Systems scores Dubai deal

By Leon Engelbrecht, ITWeb senior writer
Johannesburg, 18 Sept 2008

BAE Systems has secured a contract for ten RG12 Mk4 armoured personnel carriers from the Dubai Police. The force already has six RG12 vehicles in service.

"The RG12 is a highly-effective armoured personnel carrier and there are currently more than 830 vehicles in service with various customers around the world, including the South African Police Service and the Italian Carabinieri," says Thami Mbele, GM of Land Systems OMC.

The Mk4 vehicle is the latest version of the RG12 and features a new engine with more horsepower and torque, and revised axles with disc brakes on all wheels for improved braking performance. A digital electrical system is designed to improve the maintainability of the RG12 through the use of a plug-in diagnostic computer.

The 4x4 RG12 was originally developed as an internal security and public order vehicle, and has proven to be highly effective in a number of other applications, such as command vehicle and as an armoured personnel carrier. It carries a driver, commander and between eight and 10 personnel. The welded all-steel armoured hull, which gives improved protection against small arms fire, firebombs and hand grenades, is of monocoque construction.

No financial details were disclosed, but APCs in this range retail for between R3 million and R4 million.

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