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Denel orders Saab computers for Hoefyster

Denel Land Systems has contracted Saab to develop and supply fire control computers for use on the Badger, the South African Army’s New Generation Infantry Combat Vehicles (NGICV).

 

Johan Persson, head of business development at Saab Aerotech, says the initial phase of the contract covers the development and production of a batch of engineering development units for evaluation and testing in the Badger.

 

Upon completion of successful testing and evaluation a number of production units are expected to be produced in a second phase.

 

Saab is not at liberty to disclose the value of this deal.  

 

The SA Army ordered 264 Badgers in May 2007 at a cost of R8.3 billion under the programme name Project Hoefyster. The Badger is based on the Finish Patria Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) and was customised for local conditions by Dr Stevan Nell`s Land Mobility Technologies (LMT) company.

 

Five versions of the vehicle, a standard infantry carrier, a command car, fire support variant, mortar carrier and tank hunter, are on order.   

 

Persson says Saab`s FCC proposal is mainly built on commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components produced in-house as well as a number of electronic cards supplied by other manufacturers.

 

Saab will be responsible for overall design and integration of the components in the FCC as well as integration of the complete unit in the combat vehicles.

 

Initial development work has already begun with final deliveries of production units expected to occur in late 2015.

 

Furthermore, Saab South Africa is committed to support Denel Land Systems and the Army regarding maintenance and repair for the life time of the system.

"By pooling our existing competence, capabilities and resources in Sweden and South Africa, we were able to win this important contract against tough competition" adds Mats Pettersson, vice president and head of the Logtronics Division at Saab Aerotech.

"This is a long term strategic contract which enables Saab to further expand our support business in the land domain in South Africa as well as in cooperation with Denel Land Systems in additional markets worldwide."

Saab South Africa CE Riaz Saloojee continues that the sub-contract "is an excellent example of the synergies that are resulting from a bilateral cooperation and bringing direct benefits to SA.

 

"It is a breakthrough on the local market which further strengthens our position in the land domain," he adds.

 

"Saab continues to expand its operations and grow business in South Africa which in the long term means more jobs for South Africans and positive impact on the economy. Saab is proud to support the SANDF and South Africa." 
 

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