Overberg Test Range the only profitable Denel division


With a modest profit R3 million for the 2018/19 financial year, the Denel Overberg Test Range was the only Denel division not to make a loss during the year.

The Test Range recorded revenue of R94 million in the 2018/19 financial year, compared with R96 million the year before, and a R3 million profit compared with R2 million the year before. Export revenue dipped to R14 million from R21 million the year before, according to the latest Denel annual report.

One of the main highlights the range recorded over the year was the qualification of the Denel Dynamics A-Darter fifth generation air-to-air missile, development of which has now been completed. OTR supported the qualification flight tests during the different phases over a period of ten months.

The range also provided in-flight test services to the SANDF in terms of a multi-year contract with the Department of Defence.

Other highlights were the range providing support to Denel Dynamics, Denel Vehicle Systems and Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) for various in-service and development tests; and conducting tests for two established international clients (an air defence test for SAAB as well as support to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation for its third Training Cycle of the On-Site Inspection Inspectorate Training Programme).

The range continued with a down-scaled technology renewal programme focused on upgrading and maintaining capabilities to meet client requirements, including the integration of new infrared cameras onto the cinetheodolite instruments as well as the implementation of a new upper air sounding system. Replacement of various tracking radar subsystems is underway.