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RG-31A1 Mark 5

Mine Protected Vehicle

Mark 5 with Fassi Interrogation Arm


Country of Origin/Used by: South Africa (and others including Italy, United Arab Emirates and the United States)
First Produced/Service Dates: 2006-2007
Manufactured by: General Dynamics Land Systems –Canada/BAE Systems (Formerly Land Systems OMC)
Crew: Up to 1+9 (Depending on configuration; although 1+4 seems to be common)
Armament: Various.  Can be armed with various weapons/mounts including a number of different Remote Weapon Systems (RWS). The RWS can be fitted with 12.7mm heavy machine gun, 7.62 mm MG or 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher. Anti-Tank Guided Missile Launchers can also be mounted to most variants.  Utility variant can be armed 20mm Cannon, 81mm Mortar, & 106mm Recoilless Rifle in rear cargo bed.
Engine: 6-Cylinder Turbo Diesel (275hp Cummins QSB FR 91421 6.7 Ltr)
Miscellaneous Info: Very soon after the Mark 3 (A0) vehicles were put into service, both the manufacturer and the US Military identified the need for an improved/upgraded vehicle.  As a result, the RG-31A1 Mark 5 Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV) (also seemingly referred to as the Mark 5A) was produced and put into service very quickly. This speed was mostly due to the manufacturer's forethought for that need. The Mark 5 was identified/named a mine-protected armored personnel carrier (APC) via the company, although MPV seems more appropriate due to the fact that the vehicle was available in two (2) variants: APC and Utility. The APC variant was designed as a typical four (4)-wheeled MPV.  However, the flat-bed utility variant was designed similarly to a pick-up truck with a small cab and rear flat-bed, storage area.  Besides the typical roles a pick-up can perform, the utility variant can accommodate heavier weapons such as 20mm cannon, 81mm Mortar and 106mm recoilless rifle.  The utility vehicle does not seem to have gone into service with any users.  In addition, the manufacturer listed other roles their variants could perform.  These include Ambulance, Command/Control, Explosvie Ordnance Disposal. Patrol, Rapid Intervention, Special Forces and Surveillance.

Improvements to the Mark 5 over the earlier Marks 1/2/3 covered all aspects of a military vehicle including armor protection, automotive performance, firepower and payload.  Changes made to facilitate those improvements included new axles, ballistic windows (without firing ports), drive-train, transfer case and transmission.  Two small side doors were also added in the front cab area to facilitate crew access/egress. Additionally, the improved vehicle series could now accept heavier weapons/mounts, including the Objective Gunner Protection Kit (OGPK) weapons station.

Not surprisingly, the Mark 5 was also quickly improved upon and replaced/supplemented by later vehicles including the RG-31(A2) Mark 5E (Extended), RG-31A2 M1 RTR (Reduced Turning Radius), RG-31(A3) EM (Enhanced Mobility) and RG-31 EHM (Extra High Mobility).
Data Sheet Available:   RG-31 Mark 5 Mine Protected APC Sales Brochure via BAE Systems


Reference Source/Provider
Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle Slideshow Presentation (2011) US Department of Defense's Joint Program Office-MRAP via David Haugh Collection
RG-31A1 Mark 5 MPV Photos Robert Skipper
RG-31A1 Mark 5 MPV Photos US Army
    RG-31A1 Mark 5 MPV Photos US Department of Defense
RG-31A1 Mark 5 MPV Photos Marius van Aardt - South Africa (The SA Bushwar Page)
RG-31A1 Mark 5 MPV with Fassi M10A.12 Interrogation Arm Photos

Ralph Zwilling - Editor of Tank-Masters DE Website

RG-31A1/A2 Mark 5/5E MPV Photos Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS)
    RG-31A1/A2 Mark 5/5E MPV Photos US Army
RG-31A1/A2 Mark 5/5E MPV Photos US Department of Defense

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
RG-31 MPV Series Information & Photos Global-Security.org
RG-31 MPV Series Information & Photos TankNutDave.com
RG-31A1 Mark 5 MPV Information & Photos Army-Guide.com
RG-31A1 Mark 5/ RG-31A2 Mark 5E MPV Information & Photos Army-Technology.com


Reference Author
Encyclopedia of Modern U.S. Military Tactical Vehicles (Tankograd Publications) Carl Schulze
IED Hunters-US Army Route Clearance Vehicles: In Detail (Wings & Wheels Publications) J.DeRosa, R. Jankasek, B. Weber & P. Winnepenninckx
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
This Truck Saved My Life: Lessons Learned from the MRAP Vehicle Program Joint Program Office Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected Vehicles (US Army)
U.S. Army and Marine Corps MRAPs (Osprey Publishing) Mike Guardia

U.S. MRAP’s: In Action (Squadron-Signal Publications)

John Adams-Graf

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
RG-31 Mk 5 Mine Protected Vehicle Model Kit (K61015) Kinetic Model Kits 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
Aftermarket Item Manufacturer Scale Other Information
RG-31 Mark 5 MRAP Sagged Wheel Set (DW35103) DEF Model 1/35 Resin. Represents Michelin 395/85 R20 XZL Tires?
RG-31 SPARK Mine Roller (LF1279) Legend Productions 1/35 Multi-Media; For the Kinetic Models Kit.
RG-31 Mk.5 MRAP Road Wheels (RE35-587) Panzer Art 1/35 Resin; For the Kinetic Models Kit.

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider