RG21 mine-protected vehicle was unveiled in September 2014. Image courtesy of BAE Systems.
The RG21 vehicle is armed with a 7.62mm machine gun. Image courtesy of BAE Systems.
The RG21 vehicle can accommodate up to 12 personnel. Image courtesy of BAE Systems.
The RG21 is fitted with two large bulletproof wind screens. Image courtesy of BAE Systems.


RG21 is a new 4×4 Mine-Protected Vehicle (MPV) launched by BAE Systems at the Africa Aerospace and Defense (AAD) exhibition held in September 2014. The vehicle is a new addition to the RG range of vehicles which provides combat proven protection for the safe transportation of troops.


The RG21 vehicle integrates large amount of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components in the driveline and power-train ensuring a superior design. The conventional lay out features engine at the front, crew area in the middle and troop compartment at the rear. The vehicle can be delivered in left or right hand configuration as per the user’s choice.

The Matador is an armoured mine-protected vehicle manufactured by Paramount Group in South Africa.

RG21 can be used as an armoured personnel carrier (APC) which can accommodate up to 12 people including a driver and a commander. The vehicle features a modular layout with rail mounting system, which enables the repositioning of stretcher brackets, seats, radio racks and C4I equipment.

The vehicle has a length of 6.49m, width of 2.45m and a roof height of 2.93m. The combat weight is 13,800kg, while the payload carrying capacity is 5,200kg.

Troops enter and exit the vehicle through the rear door that opens to the right. Two large bulletproof windows are fitted on the front and either side of the hull. The two side windows are equipped with four firing ports.

The vehicle is equipped with digital CANBUS electrical system. A self-recovery winch at forward supports pulling force of up to 9,000kg. A spare wheel is fixed on the rear door. The vehicle can also be equipped with air-conditioning, radio racks, search light, IR lights, and dual battery system.


The RG21 vehicle on display at the AAD 2014 was armed with Self-Defence Remotely Operated Weapon (SD-ROPW) system mounting a 7.62mm machine gun. The roof can be installed with manual turret, remote turret, smoke launchers, and cupola or seated one man turret.


The vehicle comes with superior mine protection levels to survive the explosion of 21kg TNT under any wheel and 14kg TNT under the hull. It offers STANAG 4569 level 2 ballistic protection and STANAG 4569 level 2A/2B mine protection. It also features protection against 7.62x51mm calibre Nato and 7.62X39mm AK, 5.56x45mm SS109 Ball rounds.

"The RG21 MPV can run at a maximum speed of 110km/h."

The vehicle can be optionally hinged with add-on armour and spall liner to increase ballistic protection.


The RG21 vehicle is powered by a turbocharged, intercooled 5.88L diesel engine coupled to ZF 6S800 six-speed manual transmission. The Euro 3 compliant engine can generate maximum power of 176kW (240hp) at 2,700rpm. The vehicle is fitted with standard exhaust engine brakes. The maximum fuel tank capacity of the vehicle is 115 litres.


The RG21 MPV can run at a maximum speed of 110km/h. The vehicle can climb a 60% slope and has a 15m kerb to kerb turning circle. It has ground clearance of 450mm while angle of approach/departure of the vehicle is 36°.

The vehicle includes a power-assisted adjustable steering wheel and beam axles incorporating hub reduction. The suspension is of parabolic leaf spring type with dual or optional wheel shock absorbers and anti-roll bars.

The vehicle is fitted with four 395/85 R20 tyres fitted to steel rims. It can be transported in a C130 aircraft.

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