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RG-31 Mark 3 Nyala/Charger Mine Protected Vehicle

 

U.S. RG-31 Mark 3 Charger


Specifications

Country of Origin/Used by: South Africa (and others including Canada, Colombia, CŰte d'Ivoire, Rwanda and USA)
First Produced/Service Dates: Mark 3 - 1996
Mark 3 Charger - 2005
Manufactured by: BAE Land Systems (Formerly Land Systems OMC)
Crew: Up to 1+9 (depending on configuration)
Armament: Can mount either a protected weapons turret or Remote Weapon System (RWS) carrying (1) of the following weapons: 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun, 7.62mm MG, 5.56mm MG or 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher. Also, the TOW ATGW can be fitted as well.
Engine: 6 Cylinder Turbo-Diesel
Miscellaneous Info: The RG-31 Mark 3 was derived from the very similar (and easily confused with) Mamba Mark 2? APC. The US Military initially used a small number of the Mark 3 variants.  However, they decided to request changes/upgrades be incorporated into further orders, the new versions referred to as "Chargers".  The most notable upgrade was to the engine, replacing the Daimler Benz OM352A power packs with uprated Detroit Diesel engines.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos/Documents

Reference Source/Provider
Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle Slideshow Presentation (2011) US Department of Defense's Joint Program Office-MRAP via Dave Haugh - Content Editor
    RG-31 Mark 3 Nyala Mine Protected Vehicle Photos Luis Pitarch - Spain
    RG-31 Mark 3 Charger Mine Protected Vehicle Photos U.S. Army
    RG-31 Mark 3 Charger Mine Protected Vehicle Photos U.S. Marine Corps
Canadian RG-31 Mark 3 Mine Protected Vehicle Engine/Interior Detail Photos Major (Retired) Don Allen - Orleans, Ontario Canada
Canadian RG-31 Mark 3 Mine Protected Vehicle Exterior Detail Photos Major (Retired) Don Allen
  RG-31 Mark 3 Mine Protected Vehicle Photo (Canadian Grenadier Guards) "Spiegel898" via Wikipedia Commons
RG-31 Mark 5 Nyala Mine Protected Vehicle Photos Marius van Aardt - South Africa (The SA Bushwar Page)
   RG-31 Mark 5E Mine Protected Vehicle Photos Jacques DuJardin - France
Spanish RG-31 Mark 5E Vehicle Photos Javier Villarroya del Real - Madrid, Spain

References Available

Online

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Printed

Reference Author
Canadian EROC: Buffalo, Cougar & RG-31 (Modeler Photo Assistant Series MPA 002) Rick Saucier and Miroslav Hraban (Real Models)
Canadian MRAP Series AFV's Photo Reference CD-ROM JK "Ken" LeClair (available directly from author via e-mail)
Encyclopedia of Modern U.S. Military Tactical Vehicles (Tankograd Publications) Carl Schulze
Iraq Insurgency: US Army Armored Vehicles In Action: Part 1 (Concord Publications) Carl Schulze
ISAF Vehicles in Afghanistan: 2007 (Kabul and Kandahar Areas) - Mushroom Model Publications

Book Review by Patrick Keenan

Dick Taylor
Jane's Tank Recognition Guide (4th Edition) Christopher Foss
MRAP: Modern U.S. Army Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (Tankograd Publishing) Carl Schulze
"MRAP Pt 1" Military Machines International Magazine (September 2008 Issue) Shaun Connors
M-ATV and RG-31 MRAP Walkaround Photo Reference CD-ROM Robert Skipper (available directly from author via e-mail)
MRAP Walkaround Photo Reference CD-ROM: Part II Robert Skipper (available directly from author via e-mail)
RG-31 Mk 5 US Medium Mine-Protected Vehicle" (In Detail: Fast Track 09) (Tankograd Publications) Ralph Zwilling
RG-31 MRAP - Part 1: In Detail (Covers RG31 Mark 1 & 3) (G 033) (Wings and Wheels Publications) Ralph Zwilling
U.S. Army and Marine Corps MRAPs (Osprey Publishing) Mike Guardia

U.S. MRAPís: In Action (Squadron-Signal Publications)

John Adams-Graf

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
RG-31 Mk 3 "US Army" MRAP Model Kit (K61012)

Model Kit Review by Patrick Keenan
Kinetic Model Kits 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
RG-31 Mk 3 "Canada" MRAP with RWS Model Kit (K61010)

Model Build Article by Victor Hernandez - AMPS Chicagoland
Kinetic Model Kits 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
RG-31 Mk 5 Mine Protected Vehicle Model Kit (K61015) Kinetic Model Kits 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
  Spanish RG-31 Mark 5E Nyala Model Kit

"What's In The Box Review" by Patrick Keenan
Javier Villarroya del Real (Spain) 1/35 Resin. To purchase, you can contact Javier directly at fjvillarroya@yahoo.com .
       
Aftermarket Item Manufacturer Scale Other Information
RG-31 Mark 3 MRAP Sagged Wheel Set (DW35045) DEF Model 1/35 Resin.
RG-31 Mark 5 MRAP Sagged Wheel Set (DW35103) DEF Model 1/35 Resin. Represents Michelin 395/85 R20 XZL Tires?
"RG-31s in Afghanistan- Black Out & Iron Hyde" (D356166) Echelon Fine Details 1/35 Decals
RG-31 Detail Set (LF1278) Legend Productions 1/35 Multi-Media; For the Kinetic Models Kit.
RG-31 SPARK Mine Roller (LF1279) Legend Productions 1/35 Multi-Media; For the Kinetic Models Kit.
RG-31 MRAP (MK.3?) Road Wheels (RE35-586) Panzer Art 1/35 Resin; For the Kinetic Models Kit.
RG-31 Mk.5 MRAP Road Wheels (RE35-587) Panzer Art 1/35 Resin; For the Kinetic Models Kit.
RG-31 Mk.3 MRAP Engine Set (RMA35264) Real Model 1/35 Resin; For the Kinetic Models kit
RG-31 Mark 3 MRAP Light Lense Set (SKP206) SKP Model 1/35 Clear and colored Plastic. For Kinetic Models Kit.

Model Photos

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