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M1238A1 RG-33A1 4x4

Special Operations Command (SOCOM)

Mine Resistant Ambush Protected

(MRAP) Vehicle



Country of Origin/Used by: USA
First Produced/Service Dates: 2009
Manufactured by: BAE Land Systems
Crew: 3+6
Armament: Usually mounts the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS II) fitted with (1) of the following weapons: 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun, 7.62mm MG, 5.56mm MG or 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher.  Also, can be fitted with extra weapons as determined by mission requirements.
Engine: 6 Cylinder Turbo Diesel (Cummins ISL E 8.9L)
Miscellaneous Info: The M1238A1 RG-33A1 Special Operations Command (SOCOM) 4x4 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle is very similar to its predecessor, the M1238 RG33 SOCOM MRAP, but with some upgrades. The most notable upgrade is the addition of Oshkosh Defense's TAK-4 Independent Suspension System. This upgrade was made to both newly built vehicles as well as retrofitted to the older RG-33 SOCOM MRAP's. The vehicle is also classified as a Category 1 MRAP; that classification being the smallest vehicles (by weight, size and troop capacity) of the three (3) classes of MRAP vehicles.

As its name implies, the SOCOM variant is designed to be used by American Special Forces and has been outfitted with specialized equipment and upgrades to carry out their unique missions.  Unique modifications made to the RG-33 SOCOM variant include increasing crew capacity by two (2), the standard mounting of the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS II) system, an upgraded engine, the addition of a rear-door assist system, driver's thermal vision enhancements, an upgradeable armor package, the fitting of smoke dischargers and external machine gun swivel mounts and the installation of SOCOM C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance) System.
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  M1238A1 RG-33A1 4x4 SOCOM MRAP Photo BAE Land Systems
M1238A1 RG-33A1 4x4 SOCOM MRAP Photos Robert Skipper
  M1238A1 RG-33A1 4x4 SOCOM MRAP Photo U.S. Department of Defense
Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle Slideshow Presentation (2011) US Department of Defense's Joint Program Office-MRAP via Dave Haugh - Content Editor

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

John Adams-Graf

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