Sweden, U.A.E. order armored vehicles

Dec. 23, 2011 at 9:43 AM
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ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- BAE Systems in Virginia reports the receipt of $150 million in contracts from the United Arab Emirates and Sweden for armored vehicles.

The Emirates ordered the company's RG31 mine protected armored personnel carrier. It's a 4x4 with welded armor and monocoque hull. It weighs nearly 38,000 pounds can carry 10 soldiers, including the driver.

The vehicle was designed and developed by BAE in South Africa.

Sweden ordered the RG32M, which is a 4x4 armored patrol vehicle that carries as many as seven passengers. It also has a monocoque hull to protect against mines. BAE said it also features an engine compartment resistant to small arms fire and shrapnel.

Sweden already has a number of the vehicles in service.

"These awards mark a significant success in our Land business," said Chris Chambers, vice president and general manager of Tactical Wheeled Vehicles for BAE Systems.

"The RG31 and RG32M have consistently delivered superior levels of protection from mines, improvised explosive devices and other threats to many customers world-wide and mark a standard of operational effectiveness."

The number of vehicles ordered by each customer and projected delivery dates weren't disclosed.

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