The latest version of Denel’s Ingwe anti-tank missile has made its international debut at the IDEX defence show in Abu Dhabi this week.
The new Ingwe Portable Launch System (IPLS) enables the missile to be fired from a light vehicle or from a tripod. “This greatly increases the flexibility of use and cost-effectiveness of the Ingwe missile system,” said Jan Wessels, CEO of Denel Dynamics.
IDEX is one of the premier defence exhibitions in the world and annually attracts defence decision-makers and international delegations from more than 50 countries. There are currently 1 100 exhibitors at IDEX 2013, which runs from February 17 to 21. Denel is exhibiting a wide range of its products in the areas of missile technology, unmanned aerial vehicle systems (UAVS) and landward defence at the five day event.
Wessels said the IPLS is a portable, light-weight launch system that can fire both the HEAT (High Explosive Anti-Tank) and MPP (Multi-Purpose Penetrator) versions of the Ingwe. The Ingwe HEAT provides precision long-range anti-tank capabilities while the MPP is designed for deployment in modern asymmetrical warfare to target lightly-armoured vehicles, urban targets, bunkers and fortified positions.
The missile was originally developed in the 1980s to provide mechanised infantry, such as the Ratel fighting vehicle, with anti-tank capabilities. Over the years the system was continuously upgraded by Denel Dynamics to improve its range, accuracy, reliability and warhead effectiveness.
Wessels said the Ingwe can now be fired from both land vehicles and helicopters – including Denel’s Rooivalk combat support helicopter.
The Ingwe IPLS can engage stationary and moving targets at ranges from 200 metres up to 5 000 metres. It is a laser-guided beam-riding system is virtually undetectable and highly resistant to countermeasures.
Wessels said Denel’s design philosophy is to have a basic model of the Ingwe which can be tailored to the unique requirements of each client through the addition of various optional models.
Denel Dynamics is also displaying a range of its tactical missile products including the Mokopa anti-armour system and the Umkhonto-IT surface-to-air missile.
Another attraction at IDEX is the debut of the Al-Tariq precision-guided bomb kit developed by Tawazun Dynamics. The company is a joint venture between Denel and Tawazun Holding, an investment and defence manufacturing company, owned by the government of Abu Dhabi.