The Spanish Army operating in Afghanistan has received the last of 63 RG-31 vehicles, which have begun to replace the BMR armoured personnel carriers.

The new fleet of vehicles carries out missions in the region alongside 93 Lynx armoured vehicles.

The Bae Systems-manufactured RG-31 Nyala is a 4×4 mine-protected, all-terrain armoured personnel carrier capable of carrying nine crew excluding the driver.

The vehicle has been specifically designed to resist ballistic impacts from small arms fire and anti-tank mine detonations.

RG-31 can assume a wide spectrum of roles including armoured ambulance, communications vehicle and air traffic control vehicle.

The vehicle will soon also incorporate a new application for real time transmission of patients’ biomedical indicators, through a device being developed by Corporacio Sanitaria Parc Tauli.

Deliveries of RG-31 vehicles began on 27 October 2009 at Torrejon Air Base in Spain near Madrid.