RhinoRUNNER is an armoured bus is manufactured by Armour Group. Image courtesy of James Gordon.
A RhinoRUNNER armoured bus stationed at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan. Image courtesy of Sgt. Rebecca Linder (US Army).
Secretary of Defence Donald H. Rumsfeld and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard Myers look at Abu Ghraib Detention Center from inside a RhinoRUNNER bus. Image courtesy of DoD photo, by Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison Jr., US Air Force.

RhinoRUNNER armoured bus of the US

RhinoRUNNER is an armoured bus manufactured by Armour Group. It provides safe transportation for personnel working in high-risk areas. The vehicle protects the occupants from small arms fire, armour piercing rounds, road-side bombs and improvised explosive device (IED) attacks. The bus was originally developed by Labock Technologies.

RhinoRUNNER is used for the transportation of civilian contractors, armed forces, VIPs and prisoners prosecuted by the Iraqi Special Tribunal. It is regularly used for carrying civilians and press personnel between Baghdad International Airport and the Green Zone in Baghdad. The US Army operating in Afghanistan and Iraq uses the RhinoRUNNER for the troop transportation between bases.

The US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld, General Richard Myers and Matthew Roloff are well-known VIPs who have used the RhinoRUNNER bus. The bus was also used to move Saddam Hussein for prosecution by the Iraqi Special Tribunal.

The RhinoRUNNER buses frequently run on Route Irish, which is an extremely dangerous roadway between the Green Zone and Baghdad International Airport. A convoy of RhinoRUNNER buses was attacked in November 2004 by a suicide bomber driving a vehicle loaded with 250lb of explosives. The explosion occurred between the first and second buses, near the second bus. The 17 passengers in the bus and the driver aboard the second bus escaped without injuries.

Orders and deliveries of Armour Group’s vehicle

"The US Army operating in Afghanistan and Iraq uses the RhinoRUNNER for the troop transportation between bases."

Armour Group delivered more than 50 RhinoRUNNER buses to the US Army. In March 2011, the US Army placed a contract with Armour Group to provide maintenance and support services for the RhinoRUNNER fleet at Camp Phoenix in Afghanistan.

In February 2011, the Pakistan Ministry of Health placed an order for 20 RhinoMEDIC mobile hospitals.

The RhinoMEDIC is based on the RhinoRUNNER bus. The medical facilities aboard the bus were designed by Advanced Mobile Hospital Systems (AMoHS).

In December 2010, Armour Group received a $40.4m contract from the Afghanistan Government to supply 34 RhinoMEDIC Mobile Medical hospitals and ten RhinoRUNNER buses for the Kuchi indigenous tribes.

RhinoRUNNER bus design

RhinoRUNNER was designed to deliver maximum protection using components of lowest possible weight and cost. The bus is made in various sizes with different purposes. The armoured hull is based on either a 4×4 or 6×6 all-wheel drive chassis. The bus integrates common off-the-shelf components to achieve reductions in lifecycle support costs.

The bus can be configured to house 19 to 40 passengers or a mobile command and control centre, or a mobile hospital. Passengers can enter and exit through side and back doors, as well as through a roof hatch.

Gun ports on the vehicle allow the troops to fire their individual weapons from inside the vehicle. The bus is also equipped with dual air conditioning system and run-flat tyres.

Self-protection and engine of the armoured bus

The bus can protect occupants from small arms fire, armour piercing rounds, rockets, grenades, land mines and improvised explosive devices. The bus was extensively field-tested to withstand bomb and IED threats. It is field-proven to protect against improvised explosive devices and hand grenades.

"Armour Group delivered more than 50 RhinoRUNNER buses to the US Army."

Bullet-proof glass and composite armour on the sides, front, back, roof and floor of the vehicle offer protection up to Type IV (NIJ standard). The special composite bullet-proof armour is made of lightweight materials.

RhinoRUNNER is also fitted with standard RhinoGLASS which offers superior protection. It was tested and certified by H.P. White Laboratories. The one-way return fire glass prevents the penetration of bullets from outside, while allowing the passage of bullets fired by the occupants from inside the vehicle. It offers protection of up to NIJ Level IV and can withstand extreme combat conditions of the Middle Eastern theatre.

RhinoRUNNER is powered by a 5.88L, six-cylinder turbo diesel engine delivering a maximum power output of 240hp.

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