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Marshall - Riotous Assembly Protection Kits for UK MoD Support Vehicles


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Marshall Land Systems
: 11 December, 2008  (New Product)
Crews of the UK’s military support vehicle will be better protected following the first deliveries of Support Vehicle Riotous Assembly Protection (RAP) kits provided by Marshall Vehicle Engineering (MVE), part of Marshall Land Systems, the Cambridge based specialist vehicle and shelter manufacturer.

The RAP kits, which have been delivered to the UK Ministry of Defence, have been designed to provide additional protection to the crew of the cargo and recovery variants deployed in areas where there is a likelihood of civil unrest leading to a requirement for additional crew protection.



The RAP kit is fitted as an appliqué system and protects both the crew and essential vehicle sub-systems that could be damaged by rioters throwing rocks, scaffold poles, spikes or petrol bombs at the vehicle.



“This contract confirms again Marshall Land Systems’ capability to respond to a wide variety of customer requirements; all of the 83 kits will be delivered before the end of the year” said Peter Callaghan, CEO of Marshall LS.



The principal construction is glass-fibre reinforced plastic (GFRP) moulded panels and grilles / screens using laser cut high-tensile XF500 Sheet steel. The kits have been designed and manufactured by MVE’s team based in Mildenhall, which is the design authority for the load beds and the RAP kits.



All components have had to pass a set of impact tests which have been carried at MLS’s test facilities in Cambridge during the development phase of the programme. A typical threat criteria is for the components to resist the impact of a 2m steel rod dropped from a height of 8m (vertical threat components) and 2.5m for components that see a horizontal threat. The RAP kit is also designed to be self draining to minimise the threat of petrol bombs.



Of the 83 kits to be provided, 76 are to be used on the six tonne cargo vehicle, four kits on the larger nine tonne vehicle and three kits are to be used on the Recovery Vehicle.
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