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BAE Exhibits Latest Mine Protected Vehicles at IDEX

BENONI, South Africa --- At Idex 2007, BAE Systems is showcasing three of its world leading mine-protected and mine hardened patrol vehicles. BAE Systems Land Systems OMC, a world-leading armoured and peacekeeping vehicle manufacturer based in South Africa specialises in mine protection technology which is in evidence on all three vehicles at the show.

BAE Systems has developed a strong export business with its world leading family of mine protected vehicles with a strong demand for its products. Moreover, BAE Systems has achieved a record R900 million in new international sales over the past two years. Export customers that have placed orders with the company include the U.S., Sweden, Canada, Italy, the United Arab Emirates and the United Nations.

On the BAE Systems stand is the RG32M mine-hardened patrol vehicle with its armoured monocoque design. The RG32 family of versatile armoured utility vehicles is able to fulfil most roles demanding high levels of payload or capacity together with demanding crew survivability.

Sweden’s defence procurement agency Försvarets Materielverk (FMV) has just placed a follow-on order for 98 RG32M mine-hardened patrol vehicles worth EUR 21 million (R196 million). FMV placed an initial order for 102 similar vehicles in 2005.

The RG31 and RG12 vehicles are on the IGG (International Golden Group) stand at Idex. Both vehicles are in service in the Middle East.

The RG31 mine protected vehicle offers high mobility, ease of handling and outstanding crew comfort combined with effective mine protection. RG31 is currently in operation in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The RG31 is credited with saving scores of lives in recent times through its mine blast resistance, as well as protection against both improvised explosive devices and ballistic threats.

The U.S. Army recently ordered 169 of the South African RG31 Mk5 mine-protected vehicles worth US$63 million (about R453 million at current exchange rates). These are additional to an operational fleet of 242 vehicles which were ordered through General Dynamics Land Systems, Canada.

The RG12 armoured personnel carrier was originally developed as an internal security and public order vehicle but has proved to be highly effective in a number of applications. Over 700 RG12s are in service in several countries worldwide. The RG12 shares many key components with the RG31 mine protected vehicle including the driveline.

BAE Systems is a global defense and aerospace company, delivering a full range of products and services for air, land, and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions, and customer support services. BAE Systems, with 88,000 employees worldwide, had 2005 sales that exceeded $22 billion, excluding the group's former interest in Airbus.

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