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M1238 RG-33 4x4

Special Operations Command (SOCOM)

Mine Resistant Ambush Protected

(MRAP) Vehicle



Country of Origin/Used by: USA
First Produced/Service Dates: 2008
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 M1238 RG-33 Special Operations Command (SOCOM) 4x4 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle is the only variant of the RG-33 4x4 MRAP.  In fact, the SOCOM variant was produced in much larger numbers than its base vehicle predecessor. 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.

To increase the vehicles' mobility, they were quickly upgraded with the TAK-4 Independent Suspension System and those vehicles are referred to as the M1238A1 SOCOM MRAP.
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Reference Source/Provider
M1238 RG-33 4x4 SOCOM MRAP Photo BAE Land Systems
       M1238 RG-33 4x4 SOCOM MRAP Photos 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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Reference Source/Provider
M1238 RG-33 SOCOM MRAP Information and Photos American Special Ops.com
RG-33 & M1238 RG-33 SOCOM 4x4 MRAP Information and Photos Deagel.com
RG-33/33L MRAP Information and Photos Army Technology.com


Reference Author
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
Special Operations Patrol Vehicles: Afghanistan & Iraq (New Vanguard #179)- Osprey Publishing Leigh Neville
U.S. Army and Marine Corps MRAPs (Osprey Publishing) Mike Guardia

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

John Adams-Graf

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