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Reconnaissance Vehicle


Country of Origin/Used by: South Africa
First Produced/Service Dates: 2000
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: Now known as the BAE Wasp, the vehicle was a joint development between ARMSCOR of South Africa and Vickers (later Vickers OMC) of the Great Britain. Designed for Special Forces or airborne units where weight, size and carrying capacity are at a premium, the Wasp is also known as a Rapid Deployment Reconnaissance Vehicle - (RDRV). 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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Wasp Recon Vehicle Photo (Above) BAE Systems via David Haugh - Content Editor
    Wasp Recon Vehicle Photos Marius van Aardt - South Africa (Editor of The SA Bushwar Page)

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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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