Denel SOC, the largest manufacturer of defence equipment in South Africa, announced yesterday that it is on track to deliver armoured patrol vehicles and light-weight remote weapon systems to Namibia within the next four months.
Johan Steyn, CEO of Denel Vehicle Systems, says delivery to Namibia will be completed by the end of March 2017.
“The contract is a substantial one and consists of eight RG32M vehicles and four SDROW weapon stations,” said Denel in its announcing statement.
In its most recent annual report, Denel had made mention of the delivery to Namibia, saying a contract had been signed “with an African country for the supply of RG32M navy patrol vehicles,” indicating they will be taken into service by Namibia’s navy.
Upon enquiry the defence ministry declined to divulge the value of the transaction citing security reasons.
The RG32M is a mine-resistant light armoured vehicle that is widely used by peacekeeping forces across the world. The latest version of the vehicle has been developed by Denel Vehicle Systems for deployment in Namibia, making use of the experience gained from the vehicle’s deployment in other parts of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Balkans.
According to the company, the vehicle can operate in a variety of roles and offers an ideal balance of protection and mobility.
“The vehicle transports five crew members with their kit and special purpose equipment. The four side doors and roof-mounted hatches allow easy entry and exit for both normal and emergency use.”
The Self Defence Remotely Operated Weapon (SDROW) is a lightweight weapon system fitted with a light machine gun.
It is designed for easy installation on a variety of vehicles and platforms. The system can be operated remotely by one crew member from under cover, including all weapon functions such as cocking, safety and firing. Depending on the selected weapon configuration the SDROW is effective against enemy targets at a range of over 600 metres.