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12 March 2007


Are these the armored vehicles that the Israelis were contracted by the U.S. to make? They look like pretty high-tech machines.

Jonathan, not sure, about the one shown here, but I know that some of the MRAPs have South African DNA.

This is the RG-33, which was designed and built by BAE Systems' South African subsidiary, Land Systems OMC. Interestingly enough, it went from the preliminary design sketches to prototype stage in just two months, thanks to advanced computer modelling software and Land Systems OMC's experience with previous products such as the RG-31 (which is also in US service).

The Israeli vehicle is called the Golan and it looks decidedly different. Rather sleeker and more modern-looking, though it is reportedly not as well-armoured as the RG-33.

Thing is, the MRAP is not a particular vehicle, but a vehicle comparative testing program. The US military sent out a tender for a new vehicle to fulfill the MRAP requirement, so the RG-33, Golan and a few others are all submissions that the US is now testing in order to determine a winner. That will be announced later this year sometime.

Thank you Darren! Very interesting.

I'd like to own one of those!

It is great that people are thinking about the environment and working to make the world a safer place. Not only the materials that you are using on your home are safe for the environment but dump trucks have come a long way since the earlier models. We are learning and expanding and coming up with a wide range of safer more effective vehicles for the work force. I think it is great that many auto manufacturers are turning to hybrid vehicles to protect the environment and now they are even using hybrid dump trucks.

Cool truck. I really enjoyed your article. It was extremely interesting and well researched.

Great posting! Thanks!

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