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Rapid Deployment Reconnaissance Vehicle


Country of Origin/Used by: South Africa
First Produced/Service Dates: 2006 (First Production Vehicle)
Manufactured by: BAE Systems - Land Systems OMC.
Crew: 1+7 (Basic Configuration)
Armament: Various Depending on Mission; Can mount weapons such as 7.62mm Machine Gun, 12.7mm HMG, 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher, 20mm Low-Recoil Cannon (i.e. MG151)
Engine: 4 Cylinder Turbo-diesel
Miscellaneous Info: Known as the Hornet Rapid Deployment Reconnaissance Vehicle (RDRV) or Wasp Reconnaissance Vehicle, the vehicle was a joint development between ARMSCOR of South Africa and Vickers (later Vickers OMC) of Great Britain. Designed for Special Forces or airborne units where weight, size and carrying capacity are at a premium.  The design is for a modular vehicle with a standard front section carrying three individuals (driver, gunner and vehicle commander) protected by a roll bar; as well as the ability to carry a rear module for either additional personnel (up to six), a 60mm mortar, 107mm Multiple Rocket Launcher or various anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapon systems.
Data Sheet Available: BAE Wasp Datasheet by David Haugh


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Hornet RDRV Photos South African National Defence Force
    Hornet RDRV Photos Marius van Aardt - South Africa
  Wasp Recon Vehicle Photo BAE Systems via the David Haugh Collection

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Wasp Rapid Deployment Recon Vehicle Information & Photos Army-Guide.com
Wasp Rapid Deployment Recon Vehicle Information & Photos Army-Technology.com
Wasp Rapid Deployment Recon Vehicle Information & Photos Global-Security.org


Reference Author
Jane's Special Forces Recognition Guide Ewen Southby-Tailyour
Surviving The Ride: A Pictorial History of South African Manufactured Mine-Protected Vehicles (30 Degrees South Publications) Steve Camp & Helmoed-Romer Heitman

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