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RG-33 4x4 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected

(MRAP) Vehicle

   

RG-33 4x4 Ambulance 


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: USA
First Produced/Service Dates: 2007
Manufactured by: BAE Land Systems
Crew: 3+4
Armament: Can mount either a protected weapons turret or Remote Weapon System (RWS) carrying (1) of the following weapons: 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun, 7.62mm MG, 5.56mm MG or 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher.
Engine: 6 Cylinder Turbo Diesel (Cummins 400)
Miscellaneous Info: The RG-33 4x4 MRAP (along with its larger RG-33L 6x6 sibling) was one of the many new vehicle types created as a result of the US’ 2007 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle Program (MRAP).  The MRAP program was instituted to procure a large number of mine protected vehicles for all services of the US Military, while utilizing as many viable vehicle designs by as many manufacturers as needed. 

The RG-33 4x4 vehicle was an improved and more capable design based on the early RG-31 Mine Protected Vehicle, partially due to its being built upon a Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG 4x4 truck chassis. The vehicle was classified as a Category 1 MRAP; that classification being the smallest vehicles (by weight, size and troop capacity) of the three (3) classes of MRAP vehicles. Like many of the other MRAP designs, the 4x4 RG-33 was envisioned to be used to fulfill multiple missions including Ambulance, Command/Control, Convoy Escort, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Troop Transport, etc. Some of the vehicles would be built with a "base configuration, which could be quickly converted to different roles and back again. On the other hand, other vehicles would be built as specialized variants to carry out individual missions. Surprisingly, only approximately 36 of the “base” RG-33 4x4 vehicles were ever built.  However, its only specialized variant produced, the M1238 RG-33 4x4 Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Vehicle, was manufactured in much larger numbers.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos/Documents

Reference Source/Provider
RG-33 4x4 Ambulance Chris Hughes (Owner of Toadman's Tank Pictures)
Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle Slideshow Presentation (2011) US Department of Defense's Joint Program Office-MRAP via Dave Haugh - Content Editor

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Online

Reference Source/Provider
RG-33 & M1238 RG-33 SOCOM 4x4 MRAP Information and Photos Deagel.com
RG-33 4x4 Ambulance Photos Toadman's Tank Pictures
RG-33/33L MRAP Information and Photos Army Guide.com
RG-33/33L MRAP Information and Photos Army Technology.com

Printed

Reference Author
Iraq Insurgency: US Army Armored Vehicles In Action: Part 2 (Concord Publications) Carl Schulze
MRAP: Modern U.S. Army Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (Tankograd Publishing) Carl Schulze
"MRAP Pt 1" Military Machines International Magazine (September 2008 Issue) Shaun Connors
"MRAP Pt 2" Military Machines International Magazine (October 2008 Issue) Shaun Connors
U.S. Army and Marine Corps MRAPS (Osprey Publishing) Mike Guardia

U.S. MRAP’s: In Action (Squadron-Signal Publications)

John Adams-Graf

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