Armoured combat vehicles lead defence exports
“Made in South Africa” armoured combat vehicles continue to lead the way as the local defence industry puts most of its effort – and production – into foreign markets.
According to the 2019 first quarter report of the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC), 38 local armoured combat vehicles were exported to four countries between 1 January and 31 March. The biggest buyer was Mali with 19 vehicles valued at R55 million, followed by Saudi Arabia (15 vehicles valued at R347 971 559). Of the remaining four, three went to the United States at a cost of R32 611 895 and the United Arab Emirates added a single South African combat vehicle to its inventory at a cost of just over R2.3 million, according to NCACC figures.
The NCACC does not provide any information on the type of vehicles, whether they are armed or with what or whether they are new or used.
In the 2018 calendar year locally produced armoured vehicles were also the main export of the South African defence industry. A hundred and thirty-seven of them were bought by 26 countries with the United Nations a separate buyer of 120 vehicles on behalf of Somalia’s federal government.
The NCACC first quarter report lists three buyers of South African large calibre artillery. Again, no further information is given but the equipment is probably either Denel’s G5 or G6.
Thirteen “large calibre artillery”, with, according to the report, a value of R312 000, went to the United States while four found their way into the arsenal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan earning over R46 million for the manufacturer. The remaining three of 20 large calibre artillery pieces sold in the first quarter were purchased by Oman at a cost of R8.9 million, the report states.
The NCACC approved 203 export permits to 37 unnamed countries valued at over a billion Rand in the first three months of the year. On the other side of the ledger the committee authorised 107 import permits from 20 countries, valued at R11.5 million.